German outlet Bild is reporting that the playmaker has put an end to the speculation about his future by agreeing to pen a new deal with the north London side in recent days.
Bild has also reported that the German international has demanded that he be handed the number 10 jersey ahead of Wilshere next season. So we could see Wilshere take another number or just leave in the summer. While this might seem like a strange demand, Bild claims that Ozil’s childhood hero was the legendary Dennis Bergkamp.
Some reports are also linking Ozil to Real Madrid saying that he has changed his mind and now wants to leave the club. Mesut Ozil may be driving a hard bargain over a new contract – but Arsenal remain confident he will sign one. This is just another classic case of journalists stirring up trouble. Ozil has made it clear what respect he has for this club, for Wenger and for the culture that is bred here in North London. A sudden U-turn does not jive with the facts that we already know.
Ozil postponed contract talks with Arsenal earlier this year to focus on Germany’s campaign at Euro 2016, where they reached the semi-final stage before losing to hosts France. He then said:
I still have two years contract with Arsenal, as you know, and we will be in talks with the club and we’ll see what happens in the future,
But as I said, now I’m concentrating on Euro 2016 in France, which is very important for me and my team after the last World Cup. Then later on, I will see what I do with Arsenal.
Arsenal are likely to come to an agreement around the £200,000-a-week mark for the German international. While the club remain confident he will sign, a final agreement has yet to be reached.
After seeing Arsenal spending money in the transfer market and getting the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Granit xhaka, Ozil will be more than happy of the club’s ambition and their hunger to win titles. Recent wins may also come in handy with the contract talks.
Arsene Wenger will be delighted with the positive results and team chemistry and will be hoping to tie down Ozil and Sanchez to a new deal as soon as possible.