Things have been going swimmingly of late for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal squad.
Early transfer window business saw the arrival of highly rated Switzerland international midfielder Granit Xhaka from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach for £30 million. This follows Arsenal’s best Premier League performance in a decade where they finished second behind the undeniable Leicester City.
The only cloud in the blue skies over the Emirates is the continued questions over the future of star midfielder and Arsenal assist king, Mesut Ozil.
Having already deferred contract extension talks twice since January, fuel has been added to the persistent fire that is a reported move away from London and a return either to La Liga or the Bundesliga.
On international duties with Germany for the European Championship finals, Ozil, as reported by Metro, has refused to rule out a move back home in the future.
Speaking at a Q and A session on Twitter, when asked about his future and a possible move, Ozil admits:
— Miss Mesut♥ (@sabbi_11) June 2, 2016
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) June 2, 2016
This is not the kind of response Arsenal fans will want to hear. Following a season that saw him score six goals and chip in with an astonishing 19 assists, Ozil is key to Wenger’s title ambitions next season.
Fans too will be dreaming of a midfield partnership between Ozil and new boy Xhaka, which will hopefully help challenge for a long overdue Premier League title.
Arsenal’s influencial playmaker has been linked with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and both will likely be monitoring the situation with great interest this summer as a player of Ozil’s quality is hard to pass on.
For now, Ozil remains non-commital about his future. Having previously stated his desire to remain in London will give fans hope, but his comments on Twitter plus his stalling over a contract extension cannot be ignored either.
With his immediate focus being the European Championships in France this summer, it’s likely that rumours and questions will persist king into the summer, given Arsene Wenger and fans alike a few sleepless nights.