Well just a half hour ago, I was reporting that the German paper Bild had proclaimed that Mesut Ozil was set to sign a new contract with Arsenal this summer, but it now looks like he has gone ahead and signed it already! So the Gunners have now secured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil as our top striking force for the next few years, according to the BBC’s David Ornstein.
This is what he has just tweeted….
EXCLUSIVE: Mesut Ozil signs a new three-and-a-half year contract to remain at Arsenal until summer 2021. Becomes highest-paid player in club history on around £350k per week before tax. Deal agreed last weekend, signed at Colney this morning. Could take him to 8yrs at #AFC & 32yo pic.twitter.com/600XtVnbnH
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 31, 2018
There was a report earlier (which I must admit I didn’t take seriously) that Man United were set to make a last minute attempt to get Ozil to join Sanchez at Man United, so maybe Arsene Wenger gave the German a take-it-or-leave offer with a deadline of this morning. I can imagine the new ruthless Wenger refusing to allow Ozil to leave for free in the summer, and having secured a potent strike-force to play alongside him for the next few years, he has convinced the midfielder to stay at the Emirates rather than play under the volatile Jose Mourinho at United.
Maybe Arsenal are not such ditherers in the transfer market after all….