Thursday 14 December 2017

Mesut Ozil reveals he wants to know Arsene Wenger's plans before he commits to new Arsenal deal

Arsene Wenger has defended Mesut Ozil’s recent performances. Photo: Olly Greenwood/Getty Images
Arsene Wenger has defended Mesut Ozil’s recent performances. Photo: Olly Greenwood/Getty Images Newsdesk Newsdesk

Mesut Ozil has revealed that he would like to know whether manager Arsene Wenger will renew his own contract at Arsenal before committing to a fresh deal at the Emirates.

The German international has 18 months left on his current deal and while the attacking midfielder has indicated he wants to extend his stay, he will only do so if Wenger will remain in charge.

Ozil said in an exclusive interview with German football magazine Kicker: “I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract. The fans want that I stay and now it is just down to the club.”

Wenger's contract is due to expire at the end of the season and Ozil says that the Frenchman was the reason he left Real Madrid to move to England in the first place.

“The club knows that I am here most of all because of Arsène Wenger," he said. "He is the one who signed me and he is the one whose trust I have. The club also knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to [in the future].”

As well as Ozil, Alexis Sanchez's Arsenal future remains up in the air with both players said to be demanding extortionate wages.

Thierry Henry said recently that both Ozil and Sanchez are "holding the club hostage" with their wage demands but Ozil is not interested in what other players past or present have to say on his situation.

“Everyone has a right to say what they want but what they have to say doesn’t interest me. Ex-players or other people who have a view don’t know what is actually being said between me and the club.

Ozil has scored 20 goals in 100 appearances for Arsenal since joining for £42.5m in 2013.

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