Mesut Özil has admitted that he would like to stay at Arsenal despite not agreeing terms on a new deal at the Emirates.
The German has just one-year reamaining on his current deal with the Gunners, and is believed to want in the region of £350,000-a-week, a salary which would make him one of the highest paid players in the Premier League.
That figure would also smash through the club’s strict wage structure, something they are reluctant to do.
However, speaking in Australia at the launch of the club’s new third kit, Özil has admitted he is keen to stay.
“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 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.”
Özil is just one of a number of first team players who is out of contract in 2018, with the most high profile being Alexis Sanchez. However, other stars such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs only have one year remaining in their current deals, meaning that sorting it all out could be a nightmare for the Arsenal hierarchy.
At least they now know that Özil wants to stay, now they just have to reach an agreement.
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