Arsenal News: Ozil, Adams, Pope

Ozil Takes A Break

Mesut Ozil Arsenal transfer news
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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has left the UK for a few days in Turkey as manager Unai Emery gives him the opportunity to mull over his future.

Ozil, 30, has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates and was left out the squad completely for last Thursday’s Europa League tie with BATE Borisov in Belarus. With the Gunners out of action weekend Emery gave the German the chances to take a few days off. He posted a picture to Instagram on Sunday of him jetting off to Turkey for a short break with girlfriend Amine Gulse.

Ozil wrote: “When you start supporting a football club, you don’t support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history. You support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong.”

The quote is attributed to former Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp.

Adams Watched By Arsenal

Arsenal scouts are keeping tabs on Birmingham City striker Che Adams.

The 22-year-old has already hit 19 goals so far this season and recently went on a run of scoring in six successive games.

Burnley offered £9million for the Englishman during the transfer window but the offer was rejected by Blues boss Garry Monk. Now Arsenal are reported to be monitoring his progress.

Adams moved from non-league football to Sheffield United – then in League One – in 2014. Tottenham Hotspur were linked the following year but the only solid interest came from Birmingham who signed him in 2016. He has finally come good in this campaign following two seasons in which he scored a total of 16 goals in 75 games.

Manchester United are also being linked.

Pope Link

Arsenal are interested in Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. The England World Cup squad player has been unable to force his way back into the Clarets side after recovering from a shoulder injury. Tom Heaton is currently the first-choice keeper at Turf Moor with Joe Hart as his back-up.

Reports today claim that Arsenal could make a move as they see Pope as a potential replacement for Petr Cech.