Is money the only object stopping a new contract for Mesut Ozil?
There’s been no decrease over the amount of Mesut Ozil contract talks in recent weeks, with almost every rumoured change managing to make its way into the reported media. After weeks of silence from an official capacity however, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has finally spoken out regarding the current situation, according to an article found on the manager social index.
Arsenal’s German international star is rumoured to be demanding a new £250k weekly wage to stay in North London and although the rumours seem to suggest that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that Ozil doesn’t need convincing, the Gunners may still need to break the bank to keep him!
Speaking to the media after a fantastic performance for the star, Arsene Wenger commented: “I don’t think he needs convincing. He wants to stay here. But if you have a good bank, call me. It’s not just money,” Wenger continued. “Arsenal can win titles of course. But that’s what we have to show. We are in a league where Man City, Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea everybody fights and you cannot guarantee that to anybody.”
“We keep that (negotiations) discreet. At due time we will come out with that. We want to keep our best players, of course. But the more I say that, the more he is in a stronger position!”
In my opinion I believe every word that Wenger has to say on the matter, because I can see that Ozil is a big fan and believer in this club, but as Wenger says – It’s not just that! He can’t guarantee the title and I’m sure Ozil wants more to add to his collection. Of course the money issue is a problem, because although Arsenal are in a financially strong position, to shell out almost a quarter of a million a week to one player, is a very large sum of money!
Arsenal are financially capable of paying that sort of money to the club’s best player, there’s no doubt about that. But to offer Ozil big money on par with the worlds very best players, it demolishes our clubs wage structure. It opens up a new limit of what Arsenal are financially capable of offering their players and this is what could be the issue for Arsene Wenger in his negotiations.
In my opinion Arsenal need to do all they can do to get Ozil to tie himself down for a new deal. At 28 years old, if he is to sign a new long term deal, it’ll more than likely be the last large contract he is awarded with in professional football and so as a result he’ll want to get the most out of what he can get. As one of the worlds best attacking midfielders, Ozil has every right to ask for a similar wage package to that of his colleagues on the world scale, but are Arsenal willing to break the bank to keep him?
Or is Ozil waiting to see if we are good enough to win a trophy before re-signing?