Arsene Wenger says he’s still hopeful of persuading Mesut Ozil to sign a new deal at Arsenal and is buoyed on the negotiations front by the commitment the German is showing on the pitch.
After more than a year of talks, the Gunners have so far failed to persuade the World Cup winner to put pen-to-paper on an extension. The 29-year-old now has only five months left on his current deal and could leave the club on a free transfer in July.
Asked for an update on the situation in his pre-Swansea press conference, the boss said:
“Our intention is to keep Ozil at the club. Hopefully we will manage to do that very soon. We’re not close enough to optimistic and not far enough to be pessimistic.
“The vibes I get from his commitment, from his focus, from his desire for achievement with the team is he behaves like somebody who is completely focused and committed and ready to commit.
“After that, contract negotiations are what they are. Here we are a little bit not close enough to say he will do it I don’t know.”