Gooners all over the world can now rejoice, as Mesut Ozil has stated his wish to continue his career at Arsenal.
The German’s future at North London was under a cloud of doubt after his rough campaign with the Gunners last season. The midfielder reportedly demanded an incredible £350,000-a-week pay-off to commit his future to the club.
However, according to an interview with Mesut in Australia, during Arsenal’s third kit launch, the 2014 World Cup winner revealed that he wishes to remain at the club, and continue playing under Arsene Wenger.
“It is definitely my preference to stay. It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal. Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss the future,” the German international stated.
Ironically, Ozil was linked with moves to all over Europe, after enduring a rocky season in England. Though he was heavily criticised for lack of consistency and involvement last season, the midfield maestro managed to bag 12 goals and 12 assists in all competitions.
Although the criticism is understandable, as last season was preceded by a campaign which saw the German assist 19 goals and score 8 in all competitions.
Along with his plans for the future, Ozil spoke about his fellow contract rebel Alexis Sanchez, who has frequently been linked with Manchester City.
“I was on vacation and did not think about anyone else,” said the playmaker. “I tried to clear my mind for myself. Obviously the player (Sanchez) has to think about his own future and that will be his own decision. It is something everyone has to respect.”
With 30 goals and 13 assists across all competitions, the Chilean is not someone Arsene Wenger’s men can afford to lose. Furthermore, the electric forward’s reported wage demand of £400,000-per-week is apparently making it difficult for the French manager to convince the star to extend his contract.
Ozil, on the other hand, is likely to stay in London, while it remains unclear where Sanchez and Olivier Giroud might play next season. Arsenal and Arsene are reportedly doing everything they can to maintain the strength of their squad, which is growing exponentially in quality.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.