According to Arsenal’s Germany international playmaker Mesut Ozil, it is the wrong time to talk about his contract situation. Instead, the German wants to concentrate on the Gunners quest for a top-four finish this season.
Arsenal all that’s important
Talking ahead of Monday’s visit to Middlesbrough Ozil told Sky Sports: “I think at the moment it would be wrong to really think about that, to go ahead and look at that.
“At the moment the team we’re having a more difficult spell and at this stage, I’m not important and no other player is important. What’s important is the club.
“We’ve got aims that we want to meet this season. There’s still lots for us to play for. We want to qualify desperately for the Champions League for next season as well.
“So we’ll talk in the summer and we’ll clear things then but for the moment, all that’s important is Arsenal and not me and not any other player – it’s just the club.
“What we need to do is fight, to do what we can. It’s not just about the boss or the fans – it’s about the whole club and playing for the whole club.”
Ozil’s future in doubt
Like many of his teammates, Ozil has struggled for form in recent months. Speculation over his future at the club can surely have not helped his performances on the pitch. The former Real Madrid star has just over a year left on his contract with the Gunners.
Despite his unconvincing form of late, Arsenal are hoping the playmaker will extend his deal in the summer. Leaving negotiations until the summer could suggest that the attacking midfielder is looking to keep his options open on his future.
In the past, it has been suggested that Ozil’s future could be linked with that of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is out-of-contract in the summer. The Frenchman is expected to stay and sign a contract extension with the club from north London.
Players need to up their game
Ozil’s talks of ‘desperately’ attempting to qualify for the Champions League this season. However, the Gunners players have shown little quality or fight in recent Premier League games, especially on their travels.
The likes of Ozil and Alexis Sanchez really need to up their game if the Gunners are to make the top four this season. Wenger’s side could find themselves seventh in the Premier League table by the time they kick-off on Monday night.
Hopefully, Ozil delaying talk of his future is the attacking midfielder attempting to help the Gunners secure a top-four spot this season and not just the player keeping his options open.
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