“Very happy” Ozil ready to commit…if Wenger does

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Mesut Ozil has given his clearest indication yet that he’s ready to commit his future to Arsenal, although the German admits his decision could be influenced by whether Arsene Wenger signs a contract extension at the end of the season.

The Gunners have been in negotiations with the 28-year-old for quite some time with the player’s current deal, signed when he moved in a club record deal from Real Madrid in 2013, due to end in July 2018.

Speaking to German publication Kicker [translated by the Guardian] about his future, Ozil – as was the case with Alexis Sanchez recently – underlined that he’s happy at the Emirates and hoping the board sort him out with a suitable deal.

“I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract. The fans want that I stay and now it is just down to the club.”

Eager to stress that money isn’t the decisive factor in negotiations, Ozil added: “The club knows that I am here most of all because of Arsène Wenger.

“He is the one who signed me and he is the one whose trust I have. The club also knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to [in the future].”

The midfielder also took a potshot at Thierry Henry after the Frenchman claimed that Arsenal’s star duo were holding the club hostage.

“Everyone has a right to say what they want but what they have to say doesn’t interest me,” continued Ozil.

“Ex-players or other people who have a view don’t know what is actually being said between me and the club.”

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