Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has suggested that his primary desire is to remain with the Gunners after winning the German Player of the Year award for 2016.
It’s the fifth time that the 28-year-old has collected the award, as he won 54.5 percent of the votes to hold off competition from Toni Kroos and Jonas Hector, who finished second and third respectively.
Nevertheless, his comments in his acceptance speech is the real story as he discussed his current situation with his contract at Arsenal set to expire in 2018.
As the wait continues for the German international to pen a new deal and commit his future to the club, he has suggested that his ideal scenario is to stay in north London for the foreseeable future.
“I’m very happy about the award, of course,” he told DFB.de. “I have stayed largely free of injury and I also feel very comfortable in London. I try to be a bit more selfish in front of goal, and so far this season it has worked quite well.”
The key bit of course is that he mentions he is “very comfortable in London”, which would suggest that he isn’t considering an exit from the Gunners even though there seems to be a lack of progress in negotiations over a new contract.
Along with Alexis Sanchez, both men will see their respective deals come to an end next summer, and the pressure is certainly building on Arsenal to do something about it in order to avoid a situation where they are either forced into letting them leave in a cut-price deal or even in a worst-case scenario, on a free next summer.
Much will depend on what Arsene Wenger opts to do next as well, as the French tactician will be the first to potentially leave if no new deal is signed with his current one coming to an end at the end of this season which would mark the end of a 20-year stint at the helm.