Search

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil’s lack of suitors sees Arsene Wenger hold aces on new deal

PUBLISHED: 11:26 14 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 14 October 2017

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.PA Wire.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.PA Wire.

PA Archive/PA Images

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil’s telling lack of suitors sees Arsene Wenger hold the cards on new deal.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.PA Wire. Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.PA Wire.

The gifted German playmaker was signed by the club amid great fanfare over his special talents but the long-serving Frenchman looks to be losing faith in him.

As his four-year deal ticks down to its final months his representatives have been making conciliatory noises about the German signing a new deal – but the Arsenal boss appears to be growing frustrated with £42.5 million man.

However Wenger, who had always previously supported his man, and had gone on record as saying he wanted the former Real Madrid man to extend his stay in North London appears to have changed his tune.

Many believe Ozil’s poor performance in the humiliating 4-0 defeat at Liverpool at the end of August finally forced Wenger to re-evaluate his views on the talented but mercurial midfielder.

Arsene Wenger appears to be growing frustrated with Mesut Ozil. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Images Arsene Wenger appears to be growing frustrated with Mesut Ozil. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Images

With the expected queue of clubs vying for his signature failing to materialise the cards appear to be stacked firmly in Wenger and the club’s favour – and he knows it.

He said: “Of course [Ozil] is important. But I have many ­players – we have spoken about Jack Wilshere, Alex Iwobi.

“They are all players who play in this similar position and it is very interesting because it gives me a lot of opportunities to keep them all focused and refreshed.

“You need players who have quality and Ozil is one of the best players in the world.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.PA Wire. Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.PA Wire.

“He is working hard now, he is only one week back in training, since Monday he has joined in. He has worked hard. He will come back.”

With Ozil’s representatives looking for a deal worth £350,000 a week – but with a noticeable lack of top level clubs interested – is Ozil now happy to stay at Arsenal on a new, improved deal?

“You should ask him that question,” said Wenger. “I cannot tell you what is really in his mind. I think he wants to stay.

“Have we had interested ­offers for him? I wouldn’t ­disclose that.”

Latest Hackney Stories

17:30

Read our World Cup blog which will be featuring over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews match one on day seven of the tournament.

The family of Rashan Charles has branded an inquest a farce after a jury found his death after being detained by police was an accident following a justified use of force.

15:51

NBA returns to the capital for a ninth regular-season game

The former Jamaica international has played against Panama twice and knows they can be a tough opponent on their day

The Tottenham Hotspur defender praised the leadership skills of his club team-mate and discussed the firepower in the England squad

17:39

The family of Rashan Charles say police not taking any responsibility for his death has set back community relations by “generations”.

17:30

A decision to cut short the 277 bus route with little notice has been slammed by Hackney’s deputy mayor, who has urged transport chiefs to review the move.

17:29

The Met has reacted to the “accidental death” verdict in Rashan Charles’s inquest and said it will consider any recommendations coroner Mary Hassell makes.

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.



Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists