All quiet on the Ozil front – Mesut may be staying
Arsenal fans will be happy about the lack of paper talk surrounding Mesut Ozil at the moment, and as it stands it looks as though the German will still be at the Emirates at the start of the new season. Arsene Wenger has said that Ozil and his other star man Alexis Sanchez will remain at the club, despite the two players still stalling on new contract negotiations.
With a year left on his current contract, Ozil has been holding out for a wage increase that will see him earning in excess of £300,000 a week. But recent reports suggest that the World Cup winner could be willing to put pen to paper on a contract that will entitle him to around £280,000 a week instead.
Due to few clubs showing interest and Ozil’s fairly disappointing campaign last time out, the German doesn’t have such a strong hand with which to negotiate. Arsenal, however, will not want to see their £42.5 million signing leave for free in 12 months’ time, so a new contract is paramount.
It is also of great importance for Wenger to make a statement this season and build a star-studded team around the likes of Ozil and Sanchez. As of early June, Arsenal are 12/1 in the Premier League betting to win the title next season, and after a dismal campaign last season fans have begun to lose faith in the Frenchman.
But now that Arsenal’s three-time Premier League winning manager has been given a new lease of life in North London, he has the chance to end his career on a high in the next two seasons. Wenger will be given a significant amount of cash to spend in the transfer market in order to bring in the quality of players required to challenge at the top of the tree.
Transfer rumours suggest that Wenger has started to realise that he can’t stand still while other title rivals are spending enormous sums on world-class players every year. And according to reports, the 67-year-old is working 24 hours a day to make sure he gets the best players possible. Already, Arsenal have been linked with Real Madrid star James Rodriguez and Monaco’s wonder kid Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe could go to any club he wants after excelling in last term’s Ligue 1 winning campaign, but may be tempted to move to a side where he will be guaranteed regular game time.
The prospect of these players lining up alo ngside the established powerhouses of Ozil and Sanchez next term is tantalising. After Wenger picked up those two stars for large sums in recent years Arsenal fans have been hoping he would flesh out the whole squad with more star quality. Now may finally be that time.
Ozil has established himself as one of the best playmakers in England’s top flight, with 42 assists in 116 appearances. That’s 22 more than Sanchez, and highlights just how important he is to the team. If Wenger can keep hold of the German international, as well as add more superstars to play alongside him, Arsenal could be in for a great season.