Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil decision to commit to Arsenal on a new long-term contract is great news for the club and that he’s expecting the German to lead the club to new success.
Ozil will earn around £230,000 a week after penning a three and a half year extension at the Emirates to put to bed months of speculation about his future. Coupled with the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, it’s been an exciting few days for the Gunners in the transfer market.
“Yes, of course [it’s good news],” Wenger told press in his pre-Everton press conference.
“He has committed his future to the club in a period where are in a tricky position on that front, qualifying for the Champions League.
“You expect from him that he becomes a leader and takes responsibility to lead the team to success.”
He added: “It is [like a new signing]. Many predicted he will not commit and not sign for us.
Overall, it’s good news for us. When you look at the transfer market today, the fact we can keep a player of that calibre is of course good news.
“The fact that he committed for a longer period shows as well that he will help to lead the team on the pitch.”
As was the case with Ozil, Jack Wilshere is out of contract in the summer. Having already seen Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez run down their deals, it’s a trend that Wenger expects to see occur more often.
“You’ll see players, more and more, going to the end of their contract. I said that many times.
“Why? Because there is expecting inflation on wages, the demands are so high that you cannot always give in.
“Sanchez example, is a big one. That does not mean you don’t try to extend the contracts early enough, we started a long, long time ago.
“At the end of the day, you can accept the demands or not. That will happen more and more, especially with the level of the transfer market.”