Ozil rejects reports he could leave Arsenal if Wenger stays

Published Mar. 22, 2016 10:59 a.m. ET

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has rubbished reports in Spain which claim he could leave the club if manager Arsene Wenger stays.

Spanish weekly sports magazine Don Balon claimed on Monday that Ozil is plotting a return to La Liga should Wenger not take up some Gunners fans' requests to move on this summer.

Wenger has received criticism from sections of supporters as his side have slid 11 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester with eight games to go.

But Ozil tweeted: "Have seen the media reports today. Arsene Wenger was a big reason for me joining Arsenal - this hasn't changed! #Respect #AFC"

Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in a £42.5m deal in 2013 and has scored 19 goals in 109 appearances.

The 27-year-old Germany international has been in excellent form this season with seven goals in 38 appearances.