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Mesut Ozil determined to see out Arsenal contract

Mesut Ozil has vowed to see out his Arsenal contract.

The German midfielder has not played for the Gunners since the Premier League restarted although he insists that he will choose when he leaves the north London club rather than be forced out.

Ozil told The Athletic: "Things have been difficult but I love Arsenal. I'll decide when I go, not other people."

Manager Mikel Arteta claims to have left Ozil out for "pure football reasons" and the star is determined to regain his place in the team.

He said: "I'll give everything I have for this club. Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again."

The 31-year-old star believes his refusal to accept a pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic has counted against him, although he suggests that playing 10 games in a row before football was suspended shows that he is a reliable figure in the dressing room.

Ozil - who earns a reported £350,000 per week - said: "I fully respect the coach's decision but I believe these things should mainly be decided on the pitch. After the restart, I wasn't given a chance to show what I can do. You don't play 10 games in a row if you're unfit, not good enough or don't behave well."

He also explained that he opted against a pay cut as he felt the squad were "rushed" into making the decision and also suggested that other players turned it down, although his was the only refusal to be made public.

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