Thursday 22 February 2018

Mesut Ozil casts doubt on his Arsenal future by admitting 'we'll see what happens' after Euros

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil

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Mesut Özil has cast fresh doubt on his Arsenal future after admitting he will delay talks over a new contract until after Euro 2016, while he has once again criticised the way the team collapsed this season in failing to win the Premier League title.

Özil was expected to agree a new contract with the Gunners that will run until at least 2020 and make him the highest paid player at the club on a reported £200,000-a-week deal, but the player himself has revealed that any talks will now have to wait until after the summer tournament in France because he is committed to Germany’s campaign.

Speculation has linked Özil with a possible Arsenal exit, although the club are determined not to sell him even though he is entering the final two years of his contract.

“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,” Özil said during a visit to the Arsenal Soccer School Dubai, as quoted by The National.

“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."

However, it is his comments about how Arsenal’s season tailed off that will be the most concern for the club and, in particular, manager Arsene Wenger. Özil has previously criticised the way Arsenal collapsed in the second half of the season by admitting they “screwed up the season”, and Wenger will not be pleased to see his latest outburst having already had a private word over what he says in the public domain.

“We dropped a lot of points which we shouldn’t have dropped against smaller teams and that was the point in the season where we were just not strong enough as a team to take a one point sometimes and go ahead," he added.

“Especially after the Barcelona game, we lost points. That was the time in the team where we weren’t good enough to take the points and go."

After the difficult run of results through January and February, Özil feels the side can draw positives out of their run-in after they beat Tottenham to second place in the Premier League table on the final day of the season.

He said: “Firstly, it was important to qualify directly to the Champions League. To be second in the last game of the season and to also be on top of Tottenham was also good for us and good for our fans. It was a good finish to the season."

However, ex-footballers such as Alan Shearer have criticised the attitude and determination of the Arsenal squad, with other commenting that their celebrations at beating Spurs were other the top and unnecessary given their failure to live up to expectations and win the title.

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