Mesut Ozil: I will pen fresh contract under one condition

Mesut Ozil
Ozil will commit if Wenger does the same

German international Mesut Ozil has insisted that he is happy to commit his future to Arsenal once they club resolve the contract situation of manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger, 67, is currently in the final six months of his Gunners contract and talks over a probable extension seem to have stalled with the Frenchman in no hurry to extend his stay.

In an interview with Kicker, Ozil revealed that he is more than content with his Gunners career, but wants assurances that Wenger will remain the head coach next season.

“I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract,” he told German football magazine, Kicker.

“The fans want that I stay and now it is just down to the club. The club knows that I am here most of all because of Arsène Wenger.

“He is the one who signed me and he is the one whose trust I have. The club also knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to [in the future].”

Ozil was recruited from Real Madrid for a club-record sum of around £38m in 2013, and has since lifted the FA Cup on two occasions.

Reports previously suggested both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez would welcome Wenger’s exit in the summer, but it now seems their demands are exactly the opposite with the Frenchman’s future likely to coincide with their long-term commitment at the club.