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Ozil to reject loan move from Arsenal in January, fight for place in team - sources

Mesut Ozil has categorically ruled out a January loan move and is fully intent on winning back his starting position in the Arsenal team, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

The midfielder, who missed Saturday's 5-1 away defeat at Liverpool with a knee injury, has been repeatedly dropped by manager Unai Emery for "tactical reasons" this season but remains confident that he can regain his coach's trust.

The midfielder's inconsistent season, in terms of both form and appearances, had led to speculation that he could leave Arsenal during the January transfer window -- despite signing a lucrative new contract less than a year ago. Emery has previously refused to say whether he was open to selling his star player, adding that Ozil's £300,000-a-week salary is not a factor in the decision. 

After being named on the bench for Arsenal's defeats to Southampton and London rivals Tottenham earlier this month, Ozil returned to captain the side at home to Burnley on Dec. 23, leading the Gunners to a 3-1 win. 

Ozil secured his second Premier League assist of the season in the victory, the first time he had either scored or assisted a league goal since Arsenal's 3-1 victory over Leicester in October. 

Ozil's injury, the result of a knock in the 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day, will be assessed ahead of the home game against Fulham on New Year's Day. The German was substituted at half-time at the Amex, the first time he had been removed at the break since signing for the club in 2013. 

Emery enjoyed an unbeaten run of 22 matches unbeaten between August and December, but his debut season in North London has taken a hit in recent weeks during a spell which has brought just one win in five games in all competitions. 

Tuesday's visitors Fulham remain in the relegation zone going into the match, despite picking up three points at home to Huddersfield on Saturday. 

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