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Mesut Ozil’s Update On Contract Negotiations Is Not Going Down Well With Arsenal Fans

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

As summer preparation for next season will be disrupted slightly by many players’ involvement in the European Championships, Arsenal were hoping to have Mesut Özil’s contract situation sorted by now.

Instead, he is set to fly to France as party of the Germany squad with the deal very much unsigned.

Both Özil and Alexis Sánchez have been in negotiations with the club in recent months as both will going into the last two years of their current deals – and while Sánchez’s future is looking on slightly shaky ground, Arsenal are apparently far more confident of tying down their £42m record signing with a reported £200,000 per week offer.

The former Real Madrid star seemed very relaxed about the whole situation this week, though did not give assurances either way about his plans for the future.

While on a visit to the Arsenal Soccer School in Dubai, Özil was slightly ambivalent when discussing the matter, insisting that the contract talk could wait until after his involvement with Germany:

“I have more two years contract with Arsenal and at the moment I’m concentrated in the Euro 2016 – and what happens with Arsenal we will see together in the future.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Ashley Westwood of Aston Villa and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Although that does not directly hint at a departure from the Emirates, his further comments relating to what went wrong this season – having already been the subject of a private dressing-down from manager Arsène Wenger earlier this season for a similar outburst, for the 27 year old to publicly criticise his own team again will surely not go down well with the Arsenal boss.

Özil said:

“We dropped a lot of points which we shouldn’t have dropped against smaller teams and that was the point in the season where we were just not strong enough as a team to take a one point sometimes and go ahead.

“Especially after the Barcelona game, we lost points. That was the time in the team where we weren’t good enough to take the points and go.”

He did, however, clarify that he thought that Arsenal had a good end to the season, finishing as runners-up to Leciester by pipping Tottenham to second place on the last day of the Premier League season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Mmesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Though the contract situation could well be sorted before the new season even begins, one or two have already started to hit panic mode…

That the contract negotiations have been allowed to spill over into pre-season is not ideal for either player or club ahead of what will be a busy summer of both arrivals and departures.

Arsenal will remain confident, however, that Özil’s long term future is to remain at the Emirates.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.