Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has spoken out about his future at the club, insisting his stay at the Emirates Stadium partly depends on manager Arsene Wenger. The German international has just over 12 months to run on his current deal but has so far rejected contract terms put to him. However, he said resolving Wenger’s future will decide his own.
“It’s not just important for me but for the whole club. It’s important to know if he stays or if he goes. We need to think towards next season. He’s very important. In my career I’ve always made decisions not just because of clubs but managers, too. As a footballer, it’s important to have the manager’s trust and believe they can develop you,” said Ozil.
The 28-year-old, who joined from Real Madrid for around £42M in 2013, has made 25 Premier League appearances this season, scoring and creating 12 goals. Ozil has been criticised for inconsistency throughout the campaign and for some abject showings in big games, but has publicly fought back insisting he does care about the club.
And while not yet signing a new deal, Ozil is still open to the idea of staying at Arsenal past 2017/18 despite their woes this season. The Gunners look set to miss out on a top-four spot for the first time under Wenger, which could lead to a summer exodus, and Ozil is sure to attract a number of suitors if he sought a move away from London.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are two sides who have been linked but he won’t come cheap. Arsenal would want to recoup as much of the £43M they spent, while Ozil is asking for wages around £300K-a-week, which is partly the reason talks have stalled with the Gunners this season. His future is expected to be resolved in the summer.