Before the West Ham match, there was much talk about Mesut Ozil announcing that he was backing Arsene Wenger and intended to see out his Arsenal contract, which still has two years to run. But this is also the time when clubs traditionally begin contract extension talks to see if their star players are willing to remain longer than the current terms so I imagine the 27 year-old will be on top of that list after his performances this season.
But Ozil also added a caveat at the end of his (quite long) announcement. He said: “I always want to play for the biggest teams in the world, and in the competitions like the Champions League and it is my goal to win many titles, and I know that I can win titles with this team but to achieve that we need a big squad, if players get injured, it’s just like that.
“That is why I said a lot of things have to be right, it is my aim to help the team and it is our goal to win titles and I think you can achieve that with Arsenal.
“You can realise your dreams here, and if we get in a few more good players, I think that will happen.”
We need a big squad? A few more good players eh? Going by that statement I doubt that the German was very impressed by Wenger’s actions last summer, when he failed to bring in even ONE outfield player. He does end with “I think this will happen” so I wonder if Wenger has promised him a few more top class arrivals this summer, or is he just issuing a little warning to Wenger to improve the squad or he won’t renew his contract?
This could be a very interesting summer, or a very frustrating one for Ozil and the fans. Which do you think it will be.