According to the latest report from the Daily Mirror, we have made a significant breakthrough in contract negotiations with playmaker Mesut Ozil.
The Mirror cites a reliable Arsenal source who confirmed to the newspaper on Saturday that club is getting closer to finalise the deal.
We have been in involved in contract negotiations with the German since last season, and this is not the first time that a news outlet has claimed the talks between two sides are inching towards a conclusion.
Ozil has a contract with us until 2018, and it is believed that we have offered him a new deal which will keep him at the club until 2021.
The report goes on to say that our board is seemingly confident that Ozil will commit his future to us by signing a new contract with £160,000-a-week wages.
Now, this figure surely sticks out as most of the reports until now have suggested that we have offered about £200,000-a-week wages to the German in the new deal. Some reports even claimed that Ozil is looking for £240,000-a-week wages in his new contract.
He is currently on £140,000, so I find it hard to believe that we have offered to increase his wages by just £20,000. Anyways, I am confident that we will reach an agreement with the German in the coming months. He loves living in London, and it certainly seems like he is enjoying his time with us.
I think both parties are eager to sign a new deal, and the only aspect that has stopped that from happening is a financial one.
Ozil’s spectacular goal against Ludogorets resulted in unavoidable comparisons with Dennis Bergkamp, and Wenger was asked about the comparisons, he urged the German to sign a new deal and become one of the club legends.
“There are similarities with Bergkamp. I think he can become a legend – if he commits.
“Dennis Bergkamp committed for a long period, played until he was 38
“I wish we have ten more years of Ozil. That depends on. To become a legend at the club, you need to stay for a long time. If you stay two years, you would not be a legend.
“We work on it (the contract), we work on it.”
These comments hint that Wenger is urging the player to prioritise the footballing aspect ahead of the financial one in the contract talks.
Last month also Wenger hinted at possible financial issues in talks. He said: “I don’t think he needs convincing, “He wants to stay here. If you have a good bank, call me!”
When asked where do negotiations stand right now, he said: “We keep that discreet. At due time we will come out with that.
“Am I confident he will sign? It’s not my main worry now. We want to keep our best players, of course. The more I say that, the more he is in a stronger position.”
So, like I said before, Ozil wants to stay, but he does want the club to pay a premium for that.