Emery wants Ozil to leave this month to raise funds to bring in Suarez at cash-strapped Arsenal

Out-of-favour German midfielder is the club’s highest-paid player on around £350,000-per-week

ARSENAL boss Unai Emery wants Mesut Ozil to leave this month to raise transfer funds, according to reports.

The midfielder, who was left out this weekend’s defeat to West Ham, is the club’s highest-paid player on around £350,000-per-week.

And according to the Daily Mail, Emery wants to offload the 30-year-old before the end of the January transfer window.

The Spanish boss is keen to free up funds after the club confirmed he has no money available for transfers.

But the Gunners are yet to receive any credible interest for the 92-cap Germany international.

Ozil has scored just four goals and made two assists in all competitions this season after 16 appearances.

Emery confirmed Ozil was dropped for Saturday’s clash at the London Stadium for tactical reasons.

He said: “We had enough players to win today, to impose our game plan and our tactics and our quality.

“I decided the players who were best for this match. We’ve won with him, we’ve lost with him.”

Arsenal have been linked with a deal for Barcelona ace Denis Suarez, but can’t afford his mere £10million asking price.

By Joshua Jones

SURPRISE, surprise there was no Mesut Ozil or Lucas Torreira for Arsenal and surprise, surprise there was once again no cutting edge at the London Stadium.

It was another case of a lethargic opening 45 minutes and things did not get much better after half-time.

Declan Rice’s first West Ham goal – just two days before his 20th birthday – settled this lacklustre game with a neat finish.

Felipe Anderson did well but Arsenal failed to get rid and the young midfielder punished them.

And there was no way back as Arsenal look set to fall further behind the top four later on this weekend.

Their fans have had to get used to slow starts under Unai Emery – who is not doing himself any favours with his team selections, it has to be said.

He has an excellent, talented squad at his disposal, no matter what anyone might say, but he is simply wasting it by leaving some of his best players out.

The Gunners are expected to sit down with the Spanish star to discuss the details of a potential loan move.

And Emery will be desperate to bolster his midfield if Juventus fork out the £18million fee to sign Aaron Ramsey this month.

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