The 32-year-old has been out of Arteta’s plans this season as he’s not played a single minute for his club, and although Fenerbahce claim his transfer imminent, his manager insists nothing is concrete in conversations between the club and the German midfielder.
, told reporters about
situation on Wednesday:
“I look very positively on behalf of the community and the president, but I do not see it easily. We have plans of our own.
“Mesut also has a contract with his club. He is a superstar. We are talking about a player who contributed to a goal in every other game at every club he has played for. I would be very pleased if Fenerbahce could have such a player.
“We had a meeting with him and his manager. Mesut is closer than ever. The fact that Mesut had this childhood dream and Fenerbahce had the dream has made this step so close for the first time.”
remained tight-lipped when he was asked about the German following
0-0 draw against
"Well I don’t know how close he’s been before. There are some conversations going with Edu and the club at the moment, but nothing concrete yet,"
he explained to reporters after the final whistle.
The Spaniard admitted to his frustration with his side’s result as
missed the chance to move into the top half of the table.
"I am disappointed because we wanted to win the game,"
"But I think a draw is a fair result, because we lacked some freshness and some quality in the final third to win this match."
The Gunners will face
at home when they get back to Premier League action on Monday.