There have been talks of a new contract for Mesut Özil over the last few months, with his current deal set to expire in 2018. He’s apparently holding out for £200,000 per week though, which Arsene Wenger is not keen on paying, according to Squawka‘s Greg Stobart (via the Metro).
Özil has been in fine form this season, with his displays during the first half of the campaign particularly impressive. His massive assist numbers have been a key part of the limited success we’ve had this season, and tying him down to a new contract is hugely important.
In years gone by we became known as a selling club, with all our best players leaving at the end of each season – with more money and trophies available elsewhere. That is no longer the case, so we now need to make sure we keep hold of our top talent.
Stobart believes there is no chance of Özil leaving the club this summer, and is confident that the German playmaker will sign a new deal.
“I don’t think anyone can afford him for a start,” he said.
“Arsenal, we all know, have bags of money, they’ve got £190m odd cash reserves in the bank. Ozil is on good wages, he’s the star man here. He’s only played for Real Madrid, so that leaves you with Barcelona – which would be a tough one, having played for Real Madrid – and Bayern Munich.
“But he likes life in London and is playing very well. I think he will probably sign a new contract. We might see him being linked with a couple of more clubs before he signs a new deal. I think he’s pushing for around £200,000-a-week, Arsenal want to offer around £180,000-a-week. I think it will happen, which will be huge for Arsenal.”
He’s right when he talks about the inability of others to afford him, as we’re never going to sell him for anything less than a small fortune. The only teams that could really afford him would be Bayern, Barca, Chelsea, or the Manchester Clubs, and it seems impossible that Wenger would sanction a sale to a rival Premier League club. Bayern and Barca could obviously be attractive prospects, but are we realistically likely to lose the World Cup winner to either?
Despite the consistent links with a move away – links that all players in good form are subject to – he really does seem to be enjoying life at Arsenal.
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Our lack of silverware could obviously be an issue for the former Real Madrid star, and while two FA Cups are nothing to sniff at we really should be challenging more seriously for the Premier League and going furte