Mesut Ozil intends to stay at Arsenal to the end of his contract, his agent has revealed.
Speaking to Turkish-Football.com, as relayed by Sky Sports, Dr Erkut Sogut was adamant that the attacking midfielder will honor the remaining two years on his current contract, and the reason for such a strong resolve is – because he “bleeds Arsenal”.
Ozil joined the Gunners in 2013 for around €50 million from Real Madrid, and for a long time he was a vital part of the team, a key player, along with Alexis Sanchez, under Arsene Wenger. However, both got under very heavy scrutiny towards the middle of last season following some weak individual performances which were arguably at the root of some of the team’s poor results. In January, the club parted ways with the Chilean and got Henrikh Mkhitaryan in his place, but Ozil stayed on and signed a new deal – the one he apparently wants to “honor”. The one set to run for two more years. The one which sees him earn £300,000 per week.
Since then, the 30-year-old has went through some difficult moments. He was heavily scapegoated for his country’s unexpected failure to get out of the group stage at the World Cup in Russia last year despite going there to try and defend the 2014 title.
The criticism fired at him also revolved around a controversial picture he and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan had taken earlier with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Ozil at one point claimed he was being racially abused. He therefore decided not to play for Germany ever again.
Meanwhile at the Emirates, we said goodbye to Wenger after 22 years and welcomed Unai Emery to the hot-seat. Ozil has been in and out of his team this term, and throughout the course of the season many believed that the German was a misfit for Emery’s tactical ideas, which naturally led to speculations surrounding his future.
But it seems he’s set to stay in north London. Whether that’s down to him “bleeding Arsenal” or the fact that he wouldn’t be earning £300,000 per week anywhere else at this point in his career, decide for yourselves.
Or better yet, let’s wait and see; it’ll show soon enough.