Mesut Ozil is hoping Arsene Wenger commits his long-term future to the Gunners believing the Frenchman can take Arsenal’s squad to the next level.
Admitting that a talk with the 64-year-old was the defining factor in his decision to quit Real Madrid in favour of a move to the Emirates, the German international paid lip service to the esteem the boss is held by everyone in and around the club.
“Of course I want him to stay,” Ozil said in an interview on Friday.
“He’s the one who convinced me to come here, he’s a world-class manager and he can really push the team to its top level and players can develop under him.
“It’s not just for me but the club in general and the fans it’s important that he will extend his contract and he will be the manager here for a long time to come.”
Having dropped a hint in his pre-Fulham press conference that he has already made a decision on his future, with most predicting him to sign a new three-year deal, Wenger later told selected print media how harsh criticism of his methods had forced him to reflect on whether he could still cut it at the Gunners.
Exerting strong self-belief he remarked: “People were questioning whether I could deliver the quality. I said: ‘OK, I can listen to that and I want to make sure I can deliver. I am convinced I can.’ I was always convinced I can. But it has to be shown concretely by numbers.”
Given the numbers currently have us top of the league and confirm we amassed more points in the Premier League during 2013 than any rival it would suggest he’s right to stick to his guns.
Now all he’s got to do is win a trophy and grab that ‘magic hat’ of days gone by.