Mesut Ozil has openly discussed his future at Arsenal and insists that his decision on whether to extend his current deal does not depend on Arsene Wenger.
The Germany international has seemingly backtracked from comments he made some months ago when he claimed he would only stay if Wenger did.
Ozil admits there have been talks but seems to suggest he will wait until the end of the season before deciding where his future lies.
“There were talks with the people in charge of Arsenal, but I am currently concentrating on the current season, just like the leaders of Arsenal,” he told Bild.
“I’ve always said I feel happy at Arsenal: the club, the fans, the city – it’s all here.
“Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons why I came to Arsenal
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“But I also know that it can sometimes go fast in football and much different than you plan.
“So it would be wrong to say that my future depends only on the coach.”
Wenger’s future remains the subject of intense speculation with fans again protesting against the Frenchman before last night’s 5-0 FA Cup win over Lincoln City.
Ozil returned to action during the clash, appearing as a first-half substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was forced off with a hamstring problem.
The World Cup winner has been linked with several top clubs this season but his latest comments suggest he could well opt to remain in north London, even if there is a change in management.