Ozil eager to stay at Arsenal, hopes Alexis will too


Mesut Ozil is yet to sign a new deal at Arsenal but he maintains that his preference is to stay at the Emirates.

The Germany international is still locked in negotiations over a significant wage increase but isn’t agitating for a move and hasn’t been seriously linked with any clubs at home or abroad.

Speaking in Sydney at the launch of Arsenal’s new Puma third kit, the World Cup winner said:

“It is definitely my preference to stay. It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal.

“Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss about the future.

“For now the most important thing is our pre-season and getting through the tour, training and getting fitness. When I’m back in London, we will sit down and discuss.”

Ozil also touched on Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation, admitting he hopes the Chile international commits his long-term future to the club.

“I hope Alexis stays,” he told Sky Sports.  “I do not know what the status is to be perfectly honest, but I value him a lot as a player and he is very well suited to the game Arsenal play.

“So from a personal view I would really appreciate it if he stays. However, it’s the player’s decision after all.

“It would hit the team quite hard if he left because he is a player who always delivers. It would be a setback to winning the title but in the end it is a player’s decision.”

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