Arsenal leading the race to sign midfield ace after Ozil contract snub


Recent reports emanating from the media have it that Arsenal are preparing to seal the deal of Borussia Dortmund midfield ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

According to the Dailystar, Tuttomercabtoweb, and the Mirror reported that the London club are leading Chelsea and Juventus in the race to sign the Armenia international.

The 27-year-old, who has just a year left on his contract with the Bundesliga club, has reiterated his desire to move to London and this could be a two-horse race between Chelsea and Arsenal leaving out Juventus.

However, the tide could swing in the favour of Arsenal because the midfielder would much more interested in a club that would guarantee him an assurance of Champions League football next season and unlike Chelsea, he can get that at the emirates Stadium.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk man had rejected a move to Liverpool three years ago in favour of Dortmund who were able to offer him Champions League football. It is also reported that the FA Cup champion are ready to offer him around £23 million deal.

Tuttomercatoweb also claimed that Arsenal could decide to sell Mesut Ozil to finance the purchase of Mkhitaryan. The German international has cast doubt over his future at the club and has expressed that he is not in a hurry to put pen to papers for a new deal.

The 27-year-old, a £42.5 million club record signing from real Madrid three years, has told the club he will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future. The former Werder Bremen has two years left on his current contract.

“There is no hurry. I have two years left on my contract. We will see how it goes at the end of the season”, he said.

Ozil has scored six goals this season and assisted another 18 in all competitions this season. He has also won the FA Cup twice but, holding the club to ransom is totally not accepted.

He needs to come out clean by stating whether he would leave or stay.

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