It was recently reported that Arsenal were close to an agreement with Mesut Ozil about him finally signing a new big money contract extension to keep the German playmaker at the Emirates for another three years. But this would appear to not be the case after Wenger’s comments at yesterday’s press conference.
Jack Wilshere’s future is also still up in the air, and the English midfielder is desperate to get some regular first team action so he can force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans for this summer’s World Cup Finals. But with just six months left on his Arsenal contract, Wenger is unlikely going to let him spend that time on loan so he really needs to either sign a new contract or be sold quickly.
Wenger has been quoted earlier in the season that he wanted the Wilshere talks to be concluded before the transfer window opens, as from January both Wilshere and Ozil (and Alexis!) will all be free to talk to foreign clubs about a summer move. That doesn’t leave much time with just three weeks remaining, and games every three days until Xmas.
As reported in The Sun: But he (Wenger) is still no closer to knowing whether his midfield stars will leave as free agents in the summer, despite having a small army of negotiators and heads of recruitment at the Emirates.
Wenger denied reports that the club have made a new, improved offer to top earner Ozil, 29, whose current contract expires at the end of the season, and admitted that there have still been no talks with 25-year-old Wilshere.
The Frenchman said: “We are in December today, so now it is time to talk to Jack. But it has not happened yet.”
We all jnow that Wilshere himself has said many times that he needs to talk to Wenger, and he must be getting frustrated that there has not been any offer forthcoming from the Boss up til now. Is wenger just putting him off, or is going to play Jack in the EPL for a few games in December to see how he performs first?