Unai Emery provides transfer updates on Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal

Mesut Ozil is yet to feature for Arsenal in the Premier League so far this season (Picture: Getty)

Unai Emery admits several Arsenal players are likely to leave the club before the European transfer window closes, but Mesut Ozil is not among them.

The former Germany international is yet to feature in the Premier League this season after both he and Sead Kolasinac were attacked by a knife-wielding moped gang earlier this month.

While Kolasinac returned to the first team squad for the matches against Burnley and Liverpool, Ozil has remained absent and was reported to have been taken ill ahead of the visit to Anfield.

Ozil has struggled to win over Arsene Wenger’s successor, who was reluctant to pick the club’s highest earner for several high-profile matches last season, including the north London derby at the Emirates.

Arsenal entertain their local rivals on Sunday and Emery insists Ozil is likely to be in contention to make his first appearance of the campaign.

‘This week he’s training well and progressing physically better and training with normal work for us,’ he said. ‘He’s going to be closer to us and available for Sunday I think.

‘We are not speaking about the possibility for Mesut to leave.’

While Ozil, despite not being an automatic starter in Emery’s first XI, will remain Nacho Monreal’s future appears to lie elsewhere.

Arsenal recruited left-back Kieran Tierney as Monreal’s long-term replacement in the summer but the Scotland international is unlikely to be in contention to make his return from injury until late September.

Mohamed Elneny and Shkodran Mustafi are two more senior players who have been told they are surplus to requirements and could leave before the deadline, with the former reportedly closing in on a season-long move to Besiktas.

Monreal has a two-year contract offer on the table from Real Sociedad and is keen on a return to Spain but Emery hopes he will still be able to feature against Spurs on Sunday.

‘We finish here our transfer window and in Europe it’s going to finish on Monday,’ said Emery.

‘We cannot sign another player, but we have some players the possibility to leave in next four days. The club is working. Some players know their situation.

‘Yes, he’s [Monreal] one possibility [who could leave].’


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