Hmm, I wonder of the recent comments made by the agent of Mesut Ozil were intended to get the attention of Arsenal Football Club. The Arsenal and Germany play maker still has a long time to run on his current deal with the club and there will still be a full two years left at the end of this season.
And with Ozil being one of the best paid Arsenal players on around £140,000, according to a report in The Mirror, you would think that the 26-year old Gunner was pretty happy with life at the Emirates stadium. But his agent Erkut Sogut said last week that the Turkish club Fenerbahce were looking to sign Ozil next summer and that the player was not against the idea, although he also said that Ozil was happy at Arsenal right now.
So perhaps the news being reported by The Mirror today about Arsenal preparing a new contract offer for Ozil is not exactly a coincidence. The paper suggests that the Germany international will be offered a substantial pay rise and my question is whether that is a good idea.
I know that we paid a lot of money for him and will want to get a lot of that back if he does leave, but has Ozil really done enough since signing from Real Madrid to deserve a big pay rise? I do like him and I think he is often criticised too harshly as people do not appreciate what he does for the team but I would still like to see him have a bigger influence, especially in the really big games.
So does Ozil need to really put in some extra effort over the coming months to deserve a bumper new deal from Arsenal?