Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation linking Mesut Ozil with a move to Juventus claiming the player is both happy at Arsenal and motivated to build on his impressive form in the final months of last season.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that last season’s Serie A champions were potentially weighing up a bid for the Germany international should either Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal leave Turin.
Even though the rumour reeks more than an Italian hack’s prosciutto-flavoured fart, the boss told press ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Singapore:
“Ozil is our player, he will remain our player and he wants to remain our player,” said Wenger.
“During this period the newspapers are creative, and have to be creative, but many times the stories come from agents.
“It is a big season for him because he had a difficult start last year and in the second part of the season he was very important.
“There are many offensive players who have an important season in front of them but I’m confident because I think they have the quality.
“Ozil understands the rhythms of English football and he has improved his defensive attitude. He works hard and offensively he is a top class player.”
In light of Raheem Sterling’s imminent £49 million move to Manchester City, Wenger also clarified that the Gunners had at no point approached Liverpool about signing the England international.
“It looked a done deal for a while because Sterling was adamant he wanted the move,” said Wenger.
“It is a good buy for Man City. It is an expensive one but they can afford it. We never considered it because he plays in an area where we have plenty of players.
“We have Walcott, Chamberlain, Sanchez, Wilshere who can play wide, Gnabry, so we have plenty of players and he’s a wide player basically, or behind the striker.”