Mesut Ozil in “positive” contract talks with Arsenal
Mesut Ozil could stick around at Arsenal after all.
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The German international playmaker, 28, only has a contract through the end of the 2017-18 campaign and along with Alexis Sanchez has yet to agree a new deal with the Gunners.
Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, seems to be rather positive the former Real Madrid star will be sticking around in north London for the foreseeable future with reports stating a contract worth over $350,000 per week is on the table.
With the talented playmaker still working his way back from injury and yet to get going this season, Ozil always seemed like the more likely out of he and Sanchez to remain at the Emirates Stadium.
Since joining Arsenal in 2013 he has scored 30 goals and added 48 assists -- as well as winning three FA Cup trophies -- and although his impact is oft questioned by fans and pundits alike, there is no doubting his playmaking abilities.
In the short-term there are questions as to whether Ozil and Sanchez can start in the same Arsenal team with Alex Iwobi and others offering a more defensive mindset out wide, but Arsene Wenger will no doubt be happy that at least one of his star men seems increasingly likely to sign a new deal before he can leave on a free transfer in the summer.
Ozil is free to negotiate with foreign clubs from January 1, 2018 and arrange a free transfer for July 1 onwards, but with reports linking him to Manchester United to play for Jose Mourinho once again, Arsenal will surely be pushing hard for him to sign a new deal soon.