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Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil’s professionalism not be in doubt, despite speculation that the midfielder could be heading to Manchester United.
Ozil’s current contract at Arsenal expires at the end of the season, and the reports in the UK press have suggested that he could make a January move to United.
The German playmaker has continued to look out of sorts this season and Arsenal could cash in on him on January transfer window, rather than let him leave for nothing in the summer.
But the boss Wenger is confident that Ozil will be able to ignore the transfer rumour mill and focus on what remains of his Arsenal career.
“We have to deal with those kinds of speculation when the players are at the end of their contracts,”
“On the other hand, to be professional is to give 100 percent as long as you are somewhere. For the rest, we came out many times and said that’s the situation.
“When a player plays for the team like Arsenal Football Club, his commitment cannot be linked with the length of his contract, it has just to be linked with the responsibility and the ambition he has to win the football game.
“It can be a problem for the press conferences, but for football players, it is not the same. He is responsible for his performances on Saturday and, he has a social contract with the rest of the players.
“Players going or not going it’s not a new thing, and it’s not an excuse. We all want to play football, and never miss a game in your life because of your future.
“You just focus on enjoying the day and giving absolutely everything.”
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