Mesut Ozil says that although Arsene Wenger is one of the main reasons he joined Arsenal back in 2013, the future of the manager will not dictate his own.
The 28 year old is heading towards the final 12 months of his current deal, and although new terms have been offered nothing has been signed yet.
Speaking to BILD, Ozil insisted that while talks had taken place, no decision had been made yet and that uncertainty over Wenger’s intentions will not play a part.
“Everything is open,” he said. “We had talks with Arsenal. Right now I’m concentrating on the current season.
“Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons I joined Arsenal. But I know that sometimes things go very fast in football and that you can never plan something.
“This is why it would be wrong to say that my future depends on my coach.”
And he says it’s still his ambition to win big prizes with the Gunners.
“I want to win the Champions League one day, preferably with Arsenal,” he said. “I have one more year on my contract here.”
The German has been going through a difficult period in his Arsenal career. Having scored 9 times by early December, he hasn’t found the net since, and has suffered a significant loss of form and confidence.
If Arsenal are to finish the season well, they will need him to recapture some of that early season promise.