If reports coming from Germany are anything to go by, Mesut Ozil will pack his bags and leave Arsenal on a free transfer next summer.
German playmaker is in the final year of his deal with the north London club but it appears that negotiations over the contract extension have broken down and that Ozil has decided to walk away from Arsenal at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old has been one of the hottest transfer stories for months now as he is one of several Arsenal players nearing the end of their deal at the Emirates with the club actively trying to tie them down on new deals.
Arsenal opened contract negotiations with both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as the club’s two biggest starts more than a year ago, but there has been little success as the club refuses to accept the players’ wage demands.
The negotiations between Ozil and Arsenal hit the wall in February with all of the uncertainty surrounding manager Arsene Wenger’s position at the club but the Gunners appear to have made little to no effort to tie their first-team star to a new and improved deal.
Ozil is said to be disappointed and will leave the club on a free transfer next summer. In the meantime, Arsene Wenger has no problems with Ozil being in the final year of his contract, claiming it’s something that will happen more and more in the future.
“Why? Because the transfers are so high even for normal players, you will see more and more players going into the final year of the contract.”, Wenger said.
Mesut Ozil is one of the most important players for Arsenal but he is also an opinion divider as well who is often under the heavy barrage of criticism. He got back in the spotlight in the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, after which he urged club legends to ‘stop talking and start supporting’ the club.
Still, the German media claim Ozil has had enough of it all and will not pursue an opportunity to extend his stay in London beyond the current deal.
Losing a £42 million investment on a free deal would only be another slap in Arsene Wenger’s face however and he could choose to sell his prized asset in January. But knowing him, this is highly unlikely. Especially when it’s now getting increasingly possible that Alexis Sanchez will finally push a Manchester City move through once the transfer window reopens.
Pep Guardiola is keen to return for the Chilean and the Citizens are currently available at 6/1 betting odds to land the Arsenal wantaway star in January.