Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that contract talks with German playmaker Mesut Ozil are not quite going according to plan.
Ozil, similarly to teammate Alexis Sanchez, is into the final year of his current contract at Arsenal and as things stand, both the superstars will be eligible to move away from the Emirates Stadium for free at the end of the season should the North London side fail to tie the duo to extensions within the next few months.
Having managed to keep hold of Sanchez from the prying eyes of Manchester City this summer, Arsenal also have had to work hard in order to fend off interest from Barcelona for Ozil but their efforts might go down the drain if the German international refuses to sign a new deal with the Gunners during the current campaign.
This means that Arsenal have been working more vigorously on a new contract to keep hold of one of their best players but as a huge cause for concern, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the talks have slowed down in recent weeks.
Wenger told reporters about Ozil’s situation, “Of course [I am hopeful]. The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31, because we need a little breather and to focus on the competition. But we will slowly get back into that.”
Ozil is undoubtedly a top class player, who when on the ball, can provide magic but his casual approach to the game as well as a tendency to switch off when defending has frustrated a large section of the Gunners’ faithful.
The World Cup winner has come under fierce criticism from the fans as well as former Arsenal players alike after failing to produce during the big matches over the past few seasons and many have also accused the 28-year-old of being disinterested in his team’s cause by not giving it his all when things go wrong.
Nevertheless, it will be a huge blow for Arsenal if they fail to extend Ozil’s contract and tying up the divisive star to a new deal will certainly be at the top of Arsene Wenger’s priority – especially given the fact that Sanchez is certain to be leaving next summer.