In a news that will be a huge boost to all Arsenal fans, reports have emerged that German midfielder Mesut Ozil is set to sign a new, long-term contract with the Gunners but wants assurance that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will remain at the club.
The German’s current contract with the Gunners – which he signed upon his arrival from Real Madrid in 2013, will run out at the end of next season. Earlier reports claim the German wants as much as £200,000 a week which it appears Arsenal don’t mind offering.
However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club are eager to tie him down to a new contract before the end of this season to fend off interest from the top European clubs.
Although Ozil is yet to assist a goal for the Gunners in the Premier League, it is his overall contribution that has perched the Gunners level on points with Manchester City at the top of the League.
Last season, it took Ozil 18 games in the League to score 3 goals for the Gunners. This season, however, he has achieved the same feat in only 7 appearances. Thus, while his assists have dried out, Ozil is finding other ways to contribute to the Arsenal squad.
The German’s form, Sanchez’s new found role in the team and Walcott’s rejuventation has seen Arsenal emerged as joint top on the Premier League table with Manchester City.
Mesut Ozil’s demand is fair enough to be honest. Robin Van Persie recently confirmed he could still have been playing for Manchester United if Sir Alex was still at the club. For sure Wenger was an important factor in Ozil deciding to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal and one can understand the German wanting a reassurance that the man who made him join the club will remain should he sign a new contract.
And from all indication, it appears Wenger is only waiting for the perfect time before he signs a new contract. I am personally convinced the Frenchman will be signing a new contract with Arsenal. When is what remains to be seen.