Arsenal have been told by Mesut Ozil that he is not leaving the club and will not be forced out by anyone.
The German’s future is the subject of speculation once again this summer after he was frozen out by Mikel Arteta towards the end of the season.
Ozil earns a staggering £350,000-a-week at Arsenal until 2021, and the club are exploring options to pay him out of his £18million contract.
The Gunners are even willing to subside his wages, if he agrees to move to another club.
But German World Cup winner Ozil has absolutely no intention of leaving Arsenal, saying he is determined to knuckle down and win back his place in the team.
Ozil told The Athletic: “My position is clear. I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club.
“Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again.”
Arteta is under pressure to sell players this summer to free up funds for new recruits.
As many as eight Gunners stars are on the proverbial chopping block, and could be sold if an acceptable bid is made to the club.
There is growing expectation on Ozil, who doesn’t appear to be in Arteta’s plans going forward, to look for a new club this month.
But the German feels no pressure to leave, and believes his contract should be respected.
“I’ll decide when I go, not other people,” he added. “I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.
“Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club – the real people, those I’ve been with for a long time – and I love London, it’s my home.”