For a long time now the talk about Arsenal has been about whether boss Arsene Wenger would stay at the club this summer or whether Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will decide to stay. It would seem unthinkable that the latter two will both leave.
However, with the months ticking down on the pair’s contracts, it seems more likely that they will be sold on in the summer.
Talks planned soon
Ozil has now stated that gave an indication that he will decide his future in the near future by telling German newspaper Die Welt: “Do you think Arsene Wenger tells the journalists [about my future] before he tells me? I know him differently.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.
“My dream is to win the Champions League. Why not with Arsenal? Of course, we just have a difficult time and are not satisfied with sixth place.
Open to staying at Arsenal
From the above statement, it seems that Ozil is open to staying, although negotiations between the club and his representatives seem to have stalled. The Germany international has not enjoyed the greatest of campaigns, but we have seen flashes of what he can achieve in the past on his day.
I for one would rather see Ozil stay at Arsenal than leave. However, if it was a choice between the Gunners keeping the German and Sanchez there would be no competition, the Chilean would definitely be my preferred choice.
Ozil could quite well stay in north London until the summer of 2018 and then leave as a free agent. The former-Real Madrid would certainly have a number of clubs interested in signing in the summer and next summer depending on when he became available.
Needs to find form for the Gunners
Whatever happens in the summer, Arsenal needs Mesut Ozil to find some sort of form for the remainder of the campaign. The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League table and odds of 3/1 to finish in the top four.
This is the time that Arsenal have to step their game up and their star players produce the goods. Despite a relatively poor run of form of late, Ozil needs to help his side secure a place in the Champions League. Then if he does leave at least he has helped the Gunners secure another season in Europe’s elite competition.
Will Mesut Ozil leave Arsenal this summer?