Wenger gives Ozil contract update that will have Arsenal fans worried
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger has given no assurances about the Arsenal future of Mesut Ozil in his latest update on the player’s contract talks.
Doubts surround the long-term Gunners future of the German playmaker, who has entered the final two years of the deal he signed in 2013.
Wenger has previously admitted that Arsenal are in negotiations with the 28-year-old about a new agreement but the two parties have yet to strike a deal.
Speaking on Friday morning at his press conference to preview Saturday’s Premier League match against Middlesbrough at Emirates Stadium, Wenger was unable to provide supporters with the reassurances they are seeking.
“He’s 28 and is in the prime of his career,” Wenger said of Ozil, as quoted by the official Arsenal Twitter account. “We want him to contribute to the club’s future. I believe he is in the right place.”
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Ozil has emerged as a fans favourite over the last 18 months after overcoming a mixed start to his Arsenal career following his £40million club record transfer from Real Madrid.
Supporters are desperate for the Germany international to commit his long-term future to the club, and that has only increased in the wake of his red-hot recent form.
Ozil took his goal tally for the season to six after scoring the first hat-trick of his Gunners career in the 6-0 Champions League demolition of Ludogorets in midweek.
The World Cup winner’s fine form have helped Arsenal climb to second in the Premier League and level on points with leaders Manchester City.
The Londoners are also in an excellent position to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after taking seven points from a possible nine in their first three matches.
In other Arsenal news, Piers Morgan has also had this to say about Ozil.