Arsene Wenger has played down stories from last week in which Mesut Ozil spoke about his own future at Arsenal in tandem with that of the manager (read the full transcript of his interview here).
The German is currently in negotiations with the club to extend his current deal which runs out in the summer of 2018, and the the Frenchman says there’s a lot more to the situation than whether he himself stays on at the club.
“I think he has been a bit misinterpreted,” he said.
“He would like to know what happens on the managerial front of course, but I don’t think that’s the main part of his decision. I think it’s part of it but it’s not the only thing.
“There are many other ingredients in every negotiation. Hopefully we will find a conclusion with him very quickly.”
Asked if it was something he had discussed with the 28 year old, Wenger continued, “We always speak. I speak more with his agent on that front, about contracts, than I do with him.”
He was also asked if both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez would need to lower their wage demands before any agreement was found.
“I do not want to go too much into detail on that, because that can quickly be interpreted in the wrong way,” he said.
“We have to keep that as quiet as possible and try to find an agreement and, at the end of the day, as well, respect our line of conduct that we always have.”