No Ozil deal, but Wenger remains hopeful

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Arsene Wenger says he’s not given up on persuading Mesut Ozil to sign a new contract at the Emirates.

The Germany international’s representative, Erkut Sogut, was quoted this week in the Turkish press as saying that a new round of negotiations had been encouraging and that the midfielder would like to stay in the Premier League for a few more years.

Ozil has been linked with Manchester United in recent weeks, but Wenger agrees that new talks have been positive.

“That’s my understanding, yes,” he told his pre-Watford press conference on Friday.

“I always said that the fact we didn’t find an agreement last year doesn’t mean that the player will necessarily leave.

“Both players [Ozil and Alexis] look happy here and overall, I hope that the situation can be turned around.

“At the moment, no, we are not close enough to announce you anything.”

Both Ozil and Sanchez are free to sign pre-contract agreements with foreign clubs in January. So time is very much of the essence.

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