Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has revealed that his future at the club depends on Arsene Wenger as he wants to know if the Frenchman will sign a new deal.
Wenger’s contract with the Gunners expires at the end of the season, and as of yet there has been no official suggestion that he is ready to sign an extension.
Meanwhile, Ozil will see his contract expire next summer, and speculation has been rife over his future at the Emirates Stadium along with Alexis Sanchez.
The German international has addressed the situation, and has claimed that his decision hinges on whether or not Wenger will be staying at the club.
“I feel very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know I would be willing to extend. The fans want me to stay, and now it’s only down to the club,” Ozil told kicker.
“The club knows I am here mainly because of Arsene Wenger, who brought me here and whose trust I have. The club also knows that I want clarity about what the manager is doing.”
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old also had a message for club legend Thierry Henry, who insisted that Ozil and Sanchez were holding the club “hostage” over their reported wage demands of over £200,000-a-week, as noted by ESPN FC.
The former Real Madrid ace was evidently unimpressed with Henry’s assessment of the situation as he insisted that talks are not just revolving around money, as the wait goes on to discover whether or not he will extend his stay in north London or if Arsenal need to start considering a replacement.
“Everyone has a right to say what they want, but what they have to say doesn’t interest me,” he added. “Ex-players or other people who have a view don’t know what is actually being said between me and the club.”
In turn, it appears as though Ozil and Sanchez are stalling their own deals in order to wait and see if Wenger stays. Given the growing calls for change at the Emirates after years of disappointment in terms of winning trophies, this might not be what supporters want to hear.