According to Sport Bild, Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil hasn’t heled contract talks with the club since February, reports talkSPORT. The 28-year-old rejected a new deal seven months ago and the two parties haven’t come together to discuss an extension since.
Ozil’s contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the current season, and with little progress being made on his future at the Emirates Stadium, the World Cup winner could be leaving for free in the summer of 2018. It would be a big loss for the Gunners, both financially and on the pitch.
Arsenal were reportedly open to offers for the former Real Madrid midfielder this summer, but clubs weren’t keen to sign the £42.5m man due to his lofty asking price and wage demands. Losing him for nothing in a few months’ time will be a real disappointment, but manager Arsene Wenger seems keen to keep him to aid their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League.
With the Gunners missing out on the Champions League last season, leading to their Europa League participation this campaign, the aim is to ensure of a top-four spot to cover the losses of Ozil and Alexis Sanchez should the pair leave for free next summer – Arsenal turned down £60m from Manchester City before transfer deadline day.
Supporters will be bitterly disappointed to lose the two former La Liga stars, but the pair can still end their Arsenal association on good terms by getting the club back in the Champions League for next season, while helping the Gunners push for silverware in the Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup.
Ozil and Alexis could both feature against FC Koln on Thursday, with Arsenal 2/7 to win against the German Bundesliga outfit.