Mesut Ozil says he has no plans to leave Arsenal despite being frozen out under Unai Emery in recent weeks.
The German international has only featured twice for the Gunners this season, playing for 71 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Watford in the Premier League and for same amount of time in the 5-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
Despite his fleeting appearances, Ozil was still named as one of the five captains of the club by Emery, and the playmaker says he wants see at least see out his contract at the Emirates Stadium despite a lack of action.
When asked if he’d be leaving the club by The Athletic, he said: “No. I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then.
“When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career.
“I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same.
“You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.
“I said that Arsene Wenger was a big factor in me joining Arsenal — and he was — but ultimately I signed for the club.
“Even when Arsene announced he was leaving, I wanted to stay because I love playing for Arsenal and that’s why I’ve been here for six years.
“When I moved from Real Madrid, it was a really tough time for Arsenal. But I always believed in what we could do and together we delivered.
More recently things have been difficult and a lot has changed. But I’m proud to be an Arsenal player, a fan and I’m happy here.
Whenever people see me in the street I always say, ‘This is my home’. I’m going nowhere.”