Ozil can talk to other clubs, confirms Arsenal boss Arteta

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VIDEO SHOWS: ARSENAL NEWS CONFERENCE WITH MANAGER MIKEL ARTETA / B-ROLL OF MESUT OZIL AND EMIRATES STADIUM

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1. VARIOUS OF OZIL AND ARSENE WENGER WITH ARSENAL SHIRT

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2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER MIKEL ARTETA SAYING ON MESUT OZIL :

"I don't know what is going to happen. Obviously now he is free to negotiate with other clubs, and we will discuss internally what the best situation for him for the near future and obviously with the player and the agent and and try to find the best solution for everybody."

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3. TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN WELCOMING OZIL, AS WELL AS TURKISH PLAYER CENK TOSUN AND GUNDOGAN

4. ERDOGAN POSING WITH OZIL

5. GUNDOGAN, OZIL, ERDOGAN AND TOSUN

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6. OZIL AND HIS BRIDE AMINA GULSE GREET TURKISH PRESIDENT TAYYIP ERDOGAN AND HIS WIFE EMINE ERDOGAN AS WITNESSES AT THEIR WEDDING

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7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER MIKEL ARTETA SAYING:

"Yeah the decision has to be made when you have register or not register players, when you have to play them or not play them all the time. We know that we have a really important player that is one of the key players in the past few seasons for this football club. And we have to make a decision I have to make a decision, I made it I knew the consequences of it and now we're going to have to make another one in January, and we will just put in the balance what is the best thing for the club and the best thing for the team and what the intentions of the players are, and trying to find the right solution to it."

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8. ARSENAL TRAINING SESSION

9. OZIL

10. PLAYERS' FEET

11. MORE OZIL

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12. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER MIKEL ARTETA SAYING:

"If something is sorted this month it is because it is good for both parties, because it is good for Mesut and his future, and because it's good for the club. If it is the case then we will move forward, if it's not the case then the player will continue here."

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13. MESUT OZIL AT ARSENAL TRAINING SESSION

14. ARSENAL TRAINING

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15. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER MIKEL ARTETA SAYING ON PLAYERS NEEDING TO RESPECT SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES:

"Any public person has to be more aware than anybody else. There are a lot of people that don't respect the rules. They are there, they don't get noticed, they can get away with that. And we are luckier than anybody else because we are still being around the place, we can still do our job, and continue with our professions, and we have to bear in mind that everything that we do has other consequences, and other people acts doesn't. And at the moment we cannot let anybody down. You know we taking some risks to continue playing we are trying to do the right things. You know people are sacrificing their lives to help the society in this moment, and what we have to do is just contribute, contribute, contribute and don't give any more issues either to the public either to the government to make a decision that we don't want."

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16. VARIOUS OF ARSENAL'S EMIRATES STADIUM

STORY: Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil's future at the Premier League club could be decided during the January transfer window and the German midfielder will be allowed to leave if they receive a good offer, manager Mikel Arteta said on Thursday (January 7).

Ozil, whose contract at Arsenal ends this season, has not played for the London club since March last year and was omitted from their Premier League and Europa League squads for the first half of the season.

Ozil, 32, is free to negotiate with other clubs this month and British media reported he was in talks with Turkish club Fenerbahce and American side DC United.

"We'll discuss internally what the best situation for him is for the near future, obviously with the player and agent too, and try to find the best solution for everyone," Arteta told reporters ahead of Saturday's FA Cup home game against Newcastle United.

Ozil can be named in the Premier League squad again this month but when Arteta was asked about the prospect of the playmaker returning to the side, the Spanish boss remained non-committal.

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