The Arsenal hierarchy are concerned about meeting Mesut Ozil’s wage demands of £300,000 a week according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners have been worried about the German playmaker leaving the club in the summer, as his current contract of £140,000 per-week is set to expire in just over a year’s time.
However, it is being reported that Arsenal are now concerned about increasing his wages, as his performances have been poor of late.
Criticism of his displays of late
Ozil’s performances have been poor of late for the Gunners. He was virtually invisible in the north London derby defeat to Tottenham. For much of the campaign, he has struggled for any consistency.
At times he has looked disinterested and has not had the influence in games that the fans would have expected from one of their so-called star players. Ozil has come in for criticism in the past, but most Arsenal fans have been behind the German getting a new contract.
However, the feeling seems to have slightly changed amongst the Gunners faithful of late towards the playmaker. Also, the clubs hierarchy seems to believe that his performances have not been deserving of a new big money deal.
Not value for money
Talks are due to start over Ozil’s new contract in the summer. His reportedly demands of around £300,000 a week do not currently represent value for money. Ozil was expected to use interest in his services from elsewhere to negotiate a higher wage.
However, his recent performances seem to have put off any prospective buyers, as it is being reported that there is now a lack of interest from other clubs in signing the 28-year-old.
For the amount of money, he is supposedly demanding a team would expect a player to be highly influential in the majority of games. Ozil is not producing the sort of displays that justify that sort of wage and is certainly not producing the sort of displays a star player usually does.
At the moment Ozil looks like he is just phone-in his display. The team are carrying the German in games and he has gone from a luxury player to a virtually invisible player in recent games.
Mesut Ozil may yet sign a new contract and stay at Arsenal. However, following some of his displays this season he certainly is not worth the reported demands. He may just have to reach a compromise with the club, as it seems like interest has cooled in his services.
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