Mesut Ozil has admitted he feels ‘helpless’ in his current situation at Arsenal amid links with a move to AC Milan in January.
The former Real Madrid man amassed 43 goals and 74 assists in 233 competitive appearances for the Gunners, but has been frozen out for large parts of this season under Unai Emery.
Calciomercatonews.com also reported that Milan and rivals Inter are interested in the possibility of signing Ozil, who has started just twice for the Gunners this season.
Now, the 31-year-old has spoken out about his current situation, possibly opening the door for an exit.
“All I know is what has already been said,” Ozil told The Athletic.
“It’s disappointing, of course. But as a professional footballer, I have to respect the decision of the coach. Not being involved, watching from home, makes me feel helpless.
“I want to be part of the side, I want to support my team-mates to succeed. I’m not training all the time just for the sake of it, I’m ready to play.
This should not be about me or the coach, only the club. I have to give everything, be fit and focused, and I’m training hard to be ready.
“Pre-season went very well and although things were disrupted by the attack, since then I’ve been fully available and when the coach has selected me I’ve been ready, played and always tried to give my best.
“I’ve trained at the same level my whole career but because I’ve not had minutes recently, I’m doing extra work with the fitness coach and in the gym to get even fitter than normal. I know what is needed and believe in myself.”
Ozil also refuted suggestions that he does not try in training.
“If that was true,” he said, “why did I work so hard and positively during pre-season this year? And why, after the World Cup last year, did I return from holiday early for the first time in my career to start training three days before I was expected back?
“I did it for the new coach, the team and the club. Maybe people don’t like that I have a good contract? I don’t know or care.”
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