Unai Emery Discusses Potential Mesut Ozil Transfer to MLS Ahead of Burnley Match

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIAugust 15, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal speaks with Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he is not wasting time thinking about speculation linking Mesut Ozil with a move to Major League Soccer.

The Spaniard told reporters his focus was on Saturday's Premier League match against Burnley when asked about the German's future during his pre-match press conference.

"Really, really when we're starting playing against Burnley, can you think I am thinking and losing my time if the player can leave here?" he said. "My focus, my direction is playing on Saturday."

Ozil's agent has been in the United States to discuss a potential move to DC United, according to the Washington Post (h/t Sarthak Sharma at Fox Sports).

DC United are interesting in bringing in Ozil as they want a big-name replacement for Wayne Rooney, per the report.

The striker has announced he is leaving the club to return to England with Championship side Derby County:

Turkish Football's Emre Sarigul said DC United face competition from Inter Miami and LA Galaxy for the Arsenal star:

DC United are interested in bringing Ozil to the MLS in the January transfer window, per sports journalist Paul Brown:

Ozil has a contract at Arsenal that runs until 2021 and is "one of the highest-paid players in the game" with a basic salary of £350,000 a week, per Simon Collings at the Evening Standard.

However, he is not guaranteed a starting spot under Emery. The Spaniard frequently left Ozil out of his starting XI in his first season in charge, particularly for games away from home.

Ozil's first start of the season away from from the Emirates Stadium in 2019 came in a 1-0 defeat at Everton on April 7:

Arsenal were willing to offload the 30-year-old in the summer transfer window but received no formal approaches, according to Sami Mokbel for MailOnline.

Yet Ozil said in pre-season that he is "really happy" at Arsenal and has a "really good relationship" with Emery, per Sam Dean at the Daily Telegraph.

The World Cup-winner missed Arsenal's opening Premier League game of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign due to security fears after being involved in a carjacking, but he could feature against Burnley on Saturday:

A new season offers the German a new opportunity to impress Emery, but if he continues to be a bit-part player at the club, then speculation over his future will only continue.

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