Mesut Ozil will reject all offers of a loan move away from Arsenal in January in favour of fighting to win back his place in the team, according to reports.
The German playmaker appears to have fallen out of favour at the Emirates in recent months, and has been in and out of the team under manager Unai Emery.
Speculation mounted after Ozil was omitted from the match-day squad for the recent crunch match with Liverpool, though Arsenal later came out to state a knee injury was the reason for absence.
With a host of clubs believed to be eager to loan the World Cup winner in January, Ozil will turn down all such opportunities, as report ESPN.
The sports outlet claim sources close to the player have revealed Ozil is determined to become a permanent starter for the Gunners once more and win his place back.
Between various injuries, Emery has also left Ozil out of his starting line-ups for ‘tactical reasons,’ though did recently recall the player for the 3-1 victory over Burnley – during which he picked up Man of the Match.
Gunners legend Emmanuel Petit recently slammed Ozil following his omission from the squad, claiming ‘he has been a ghost for two years.’
Ozil’s struggles continued on Boxing Day when he was taken off at half-time during the disappointing 1-1 draw at Brighton.
The former Real Madrid man signed a new £350,000-a-week contract at the Emirates Stadium back in January but is doing little to justify such extravagant wages at present.
‘Mesut Ozil was taken off at half-time. I’m a big fan of his, but he has been a ghost for two years,’ Petit told the Daily Mirror.
‘Where is the Ozil who was one of the best players around, making so many assists and goals? I think he has lost his desire on the pitch, it’s not there any more.’