The 31-year-old continues to be linked with a move away from the Gunners this summer, although his agent agent, Erkut Sogut, has already said that a decision on his future won’t be made until some point in 2021, and insists he won’t be leaving the club this summer.
And selling Ozil is easier said than done, mainly because of his £350,000-a-week contract which he signed during Arsene Wenger’s final season as manager.
That decision was made official in February 2018, and Joorabchian has suggested the current situation that Ozil currently finds himself in could have been avoided by not offering him a new deal.
“The Ozil situation should have been resolved two years ago, “Joorabchian said on talkSPORT. “What is the point of a player sitting there and not playing.”
Ozil has fallen out of favour under head coach Mikel Arteta since football resumed in June.
Last week reports claimed he has been offered a massive £15million-a-year contract by Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr, to leave the Premier League in favour of leaving Europe altogether.
Although, he did make a return to action at the weekend as Arsenal were beaten 3-2 by Aston Villa in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Emirates Stadium.
But whether he makes the matchday squad for Saturday’s Premier League opener against Fulham remains to be seen.
Amid talk that Ozil could indeed feature at Craven Cottage, some Arsenal fans have shared their thoughts on Arteta’s reported decision.
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Joorabchian also had an update on Philippe Coutinho – a player who had been tipped for a move to the Emirates Stadium as a potential replacement for Ozil as the creative midfielder Arteta needs.
“Yeah. Koeman called him right after the Champions League victory with Bayern, the following day, and told him he’s very much in his plans and would like him to return,” he added.
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“He was due to return on September 7 but actually he returned at the beginning of September because he didn’t want to lose his momentum and fitness, and he’s been training with Barcelona.
“All signs point to the fact Barcelona have changed quite dramatically, the way their philosophy of how they wanted to move forward from last year and the players they’ve brought in, like Coutinho, Dembele and Griezmann they’re all going to be part of the squad this year.”