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Published: 10:00 | 21/10/17

Wenger calm about Ozil future


Arsene Wenger is calm about the future of Mesut Ozil after many media outlets on Friday predicted the player will move to Manchester United next summer.

The playmaker and team-mate Alexis Sanchez are both of out of contract in June and have been the subject of continual speculation that they are certain to depart the Emirates.

However, the Frenchman expects Ozilwill remain "100% professional" irrespective of whether he will stay or go.

"We have to deal with all kinds of speculation when the players are at the end of their contracts," Wenger told the Arsenal club website.

"On the other hand, to be professional is to give 100 per cent as long as you are somewhere. For the rest, we came out many times and said that's the situation.

"It [the media] can come out tomorrow and say that he extends his contract here. It will be exactly the same, it will not change anything. When you play the next game, commit 100 per cent.

"When a player plays for 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.

Wenger also expanded on his comments in an interview with Sky Sports.

"It can be a problem for the press conferences, but for football players it is not exactly the same," he said. "He is responsible for his performances on the Saturday, he has a social contract with the rest of the players.

"Players going or not going it's not a new thing and that's why I tell you 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."

You can watch all of Arsenal’s Europa League campaign on the eir Sport package. Arsene Wenger’s side face FC Koln, Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov in Group H.

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