Rafael Honigstein has claimed that Mesut Ozil’s preferred future is to remain at Arsenal Football club, whilst insisting that a move to Manchester United is not an option.
The German international is inside the final year of his contract at present, and has been strongly linked with the exit door before next term.
On a number of occasions, Ozil has refused to admit any want for a move elsewhere and insisted he is happy in North London, and Wenger has seemed to be optimistic of agreeing a deal also.
German football expect Honigstein has now moved to build up the possibility that he could stay at Arsenal, whilst also dismissing the interest of rivals Manchester United.
“I don’t think there is necessarily an option in the Premier League available, I don’t buy all these stories about Mourinho and Man United being interested in him, I just don’t think that’s credible,” he said.
“I think his preferred choice is very much to stay at Arsenal,” he added.
“It’s down to him to make himself indispensable or at least attractive enough to get the kind of deal that he wants.
I think Arsenal are still sort of weighing up their options, they perhaps haven’t pushed hard enough as he and his advisors would have liked.
“A different situation to Alexis Sanchez, who has very much made up his mind he is going to be off.
“Ozil still wants to stay and I’m not sure he will find a better setup for him.
“Then you have to look at going back to Spain where he’s already been at Real Madrid, that makes things complicated or back to Germany where I don’t think there is much of a market for him right now.
“So I think he wants to say and I think Arsenal in the end will decide that he is, even at a higher wage, still a cheaper option to sign for free effectively than looking for a replacement.”
Should Arsenal fans get their hopes up that he could well stay? Is he fighting to earn the Arsenal contract he wants?