It has been announced today that Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has signed a new mega-money deal with the club, to bring to an end to the intense speculation over the Germany international’s future that has raged over the last few months.
The 29-year-old’s contract was due to expire in June and most observers expected him to move to another club, so Arsene Wenger will be delighted he has decided to extend his stay with the Gunners.
Ozil’s has signed a new three year deal at The Emirates which will see him become the club’s highest earner on £350,000 per week.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 1, 2018
Ozil joined Arsenal for a then club record £42.5 million from Real Madrid in 2013, and although nobody would doubt his ability as one of Europes best creative midfielders, there have been question marks over his work-rate and commitment over the years.
After news of new deal broke Sky Sports leading pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher had there say:
“Losing Sanchez was a blow, so to get Ozil sorted is positive for them, but he now needs to perform at the level he has been performing in recent months for the next few years, to get Arsenal the trophies they need and to get them back up into that top four,” Neville said.
“I think the question has always been whether he does decide the big games, is he the man to take them to big trophies and the Premier League? That has happened over the last few years, and that has to happen for him to be placed alongside the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.” Carragher said.
Arsenal have been busy during this transfer window also signing attackers Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will surely view tying Ozil down to a new contract as the icing on the cake.
Despite his critics, seeing the German playmaker when he is on top form is a joy to watch, so in terms of Premier League entertainment value his signing a new deal should be viewed as good news by neutrals.
Arsene Wenger just has the small matter of trying to fit all this attacking talent into his starting XI.