Mesut Ozil’s contract saga at Arsenal doesn’t get as many column inches as Alexis Sanchez, but there has still been some speculation linking him with a Bosman move to Manchester United next summer, as well as various other clubs. But Arsene Wenger has no doubt that Ozil will continue to give 100% for Arsenal as long as he stays at the club. Wenger said: We have to deal with all kinds of speculation when the players are at the end of their contracts.’
‘On the other hand, to be professional is to give 100 per cent as long as you are somewhere. For the rest, we came out many times and said that’s the situation.’
‘It [the media] can come out tomorrow and say that he (Ozil) extends his contract here. It will be exactly the same, it will not change anything. When you play the next game, commit 100 per cent.’
‘I believe that at the moment I just focus on what is the best possible team for the next game and have no pre-conceived ideas if the guy will be 100 per cent committed or not.’
‘That would be unfair on my side, because you don’t have any opinion about that. When a player plays for Arsenal Football Club, his commitment cannot be linked with the length of his contract, it has just to be linked with the responsibility and the ambition he has to win the football game.’
Many fans have questioned whether Ozil and Alexis really are giving everything for the shirt any more, with both of them scoring much less than they did at this point last season, which points to the fans being correct, but do you seriously believe the German midfielder is not trying his hardest?