It has been well established in recent weeks that the Gunners would have just a £40m transfer budget this summer unless they qualified for the Champions League. And, after falling apart in the Premier League and being thrashed in the Europa League final, that won’t happen.
It doesn’t appear that writer John Cross knows this for sure, but Ozil is certainly a reasonable guess given his vast weekly wage of around £350,000 and his rather limited output in return.
The problem that the Gunners will have is finding a club for the 2014 World Cup winner. Unless he is willing to take a drastic pay cut, there are very teams who could afford, or would want to afford, to offer him a contract that is comparable to the very comfortable one he has now. And that means Arsenal may have keep paying for him by subsidising his wages in order to show him the door.
In terms of where they might spend their money this summer, Arsenal have been linked with a number of players in recent weeks and months, including Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, Mainz centre-back Jean Philippe Gbamin and Barcelona outcast Andre Gomes.
But the chances of signing of any one of those and having much change from £40m is slim.
Rumoured interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha may have to be forgotten as the Ivory Coast international is known to be seeking Champions League football.
Arsenal had also been heavily linked with Lille star Nicolas Pepe earlier in the season, but his price tag is expected reach in excess of £60m or £70m, ruling the Gunners out of the race.