Mesut Ozil says now is the not the time to talk about his Arsenal future and says he is focused on helping the club attain a top four finish.
Arsene Wenger says contract talks with the Germany international have been put on hold until the end of the season with no breakthrough in agreeing an extension.
However, today’s reports have claimed the Gunners have offered Alexis Sanchez a new deal worth £300,000-per-week and are considering a similar offer for Ozil.
The 28-year-old insists that he is not thinking about himself with the club in the midst of an awful run of form, compounded by Monday’s defeat to Crystal Palace.
“I think at the moment it would be wrong to really think about that, to go ahead and look at that,” he told Sky Sports.
“At the moment the team we’re having a more difficult spell and at this stage I’m not important and no other player is important. What’s important is the club.
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“We’ve got aims that we want to meet this season. There’s still lots for us to play for. We want to qualify desperately for the Champions League for next season as well.
“So we’ll talk in the summer and we’ll clear things then but for the moment, all that’s important is Arsenal and not me and not any other player – it’s just the club.”
Arsenal have slipped to sixth in the table, seven points off fourth although they do have a game in hand and Ozil wants his team to show their fighting spirit.
He added: “What we need to do is fight, to do what we can. It’s not just about the boss or the fans – it’s about the whole club and playing for the whole club.”
Arsenal simply have to respond on Monday night and, against struggling Middlesbrough, anything other than all three points will simply increase the frustration around the club.