Reports are breaking today out of Germany and now subsequently in England, that Gunners star Mesut Ozil has signed a new contract with the club, after long lasting negotiations!
Negotiations for the new deal apparently started before the end of last season, with the German international entering the final two years of his contract with Arsenal. Ozil reportedly stopped negotiations with the club during the summer, to concentrate with his national team for the European Championships, but now with the Premier League season well underway, it seems the playmaker was keen to commit.
As reports remain unconfirmed by Arsenal, we have to still assume his current deal still runs out in 2018. Arsenal are keen to have his contract extended before the end of the season, in order to avoid a similar situation to Robin Van Persie a few years back! Ozil looks likely to have committed to/or about to commit to a new deal, that will see his wage increase to around £200,000 a week! There had been previous rumours that Arsenal were looking to extend the deal to the end of 2020.
You can tell that Ozil absolutely loves the club and all that it’s about. He’s stated in recent interviews how he’s never stayed at the same club for too long during his career, but the German is now in his fourth season at Arsenal and looks to be staying for even longer. If Arsenal want to get amongst the biggest clubs in Europe, it’s vital we keep hold of players that are in Ozil’s calibre of quality.
Hopefully next up is Alexis Sanchez!