Arsenal want to re-open talks with Mesut Ozil ahead of the January transfer window over ending his £350,000-per-week contract early.
It is claimed Mikel Arteta’s side approached Ozil about reaching a settlement agreement for the final nine months of his contract over the past fortnight but the attempts proved unsuccessful.
The World Cup winner is said to want virtually all the remaining £3million on his deal.
It is now hugely unlikely that Ozil will agree to an early exit from the Emirates before the transfer re-opens in January.
Being without a club during the current period poses obvious problems for players with regards to training.
But Arsenal are ready to make another offer to the German with a view to removing him from their wage bill in January.
The prospect of the 31-year-old playing much first-team football before then look remote.
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UEFA have already confirmed the German’s omission from Arsenal’s Europa League squad while Ozil is expected to be left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League party.
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