Wednesday 16 January 2019

Ozil will stay if Wenger sticks around at Arsenal

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil insists he feels "very, very good" at Arsenal but wants to know the long-term future of manager Arsene Wenger before he commits to signing a new deal.

The Germany international has yet to pen a fresh contract at the Emirates Stadium, with his current deal having 18 months left to run. It was reported last month that both Ozil and team-mate Alexis Sanchez are seeking parity with the Premier League's top earners before putting pen to paper on extensions.

Ozil, Arsenal's club-record signing, has missed the last three games through illness but is a major part of Wenger's search for silverware.

The 28-year-old has hit nine goals this season and he said Wenger's presence is the main reason he is at Arsenal.

Wenger has been at the helm for over 20 years but his own deal expires at the end of the season and Ozil is keen to know what the future holds for the Frenchman before he commits beyond 2018.

"I feel very, very good with Arsenal and have shown my willingness to extend my contract with the club," he told German magazine Kicker.

"The fans want me to stay. Now it's down to the club. The club know that I'm here above all because of Arsene Wenger, who brought me here and whose trust in me I enjoy.

"The club also know that I want to have clarity about what the manager is doing."

Wenger has said he does not want to discuss his own future until towards the end of the campaign and has insisted he will not let Ozil and Sanchez leave before their contracts expire, even if they end up going for free.

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