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Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil is 'committed' to Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 25:  Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the match between Arsenal and Olympique
Image: Arsenal's Mesut Ozil 'going nowhere' according to manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil is 'completely committed' to Arsenal despite speculation linking him with a move to Besiktas.

Erol Kaynar, a former board member at the Turkish club, was quoted this week claiming their transfer chief Erdan Torunogullari had spoken to Ozil's representatives.

But Wenger, speaking to the media on Friday morning, said: "He is completely committed to the club. He is focused on getting results."

Midfielder Ozil's form at the Emirates has been indifferent since his £42.5m move from Real Madrid two years ago.

The German international, who is of Turkish descent, said just last month it would be an honour to play for Besiktas' rivals Fenerbahce, a team he supports.

The 26-year-old has scored 12 goals in 74 appearances for Arsenal including five last season.

Wenger, meanwhile, says he is "not close" to making any new signings and will not bring in new faces just for the sake of it.

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Image: Arsene Wenger insists he won't bring more players in for the sake of it this summer

The London club's Premier League title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City both spent big sums this week to bring in Pedro and Nicolas Otamendi from Barcelona and Valencia respectively.

Wenger's only move in the summer market to date has been for goalkeeper Petr Cech, who he recruited from Chelsea for £10m.

The Frenchman - who hopes to keep Joel Campbell rather than loan him out again - also revealed he hasn't made any moves because he feels the quality he is looking for is not there despite him having resources to call upon.

He added: "I expect (signings) like you, but at the moment we are not close. I listen to everybody, but my job is to make decisions. We want to develop players as well rather than overthinking whether to buy.

Petr Cech of Arsenal applauds the fans after defeat during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium
Image: Petr Cech is Arsenal's only summer signing so far after his move from Chelsea

"I am not against buying when it is a plus for your team, (but) if it is just to buy a player at the level of the players that you have to make people happy, I am not ready for that.

"If it is somebody who brings something that you don't already have in the squad, then of course you want to do that."

"The funds are there more than the players who could strengthen the squad, that is a big problem.

"People know that you have the resources and they want you to buy players from clubs who do not need your resources and who are not necessarily prepared to sell."

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