Wenger ‘hopeful’ but ‘not optimistic’ that Ozil will stay

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is hopeful that Mesut Ozil will sign a new contract at Arsenal, but also added that he is not optimistic.

The German international has just six months to go on his contract at the Emirates and is free to talk to foreign clubs, as well as agree a pre contract agreement ahead of a free transfer in the summer.

Arsenal have desperately been trying to tie the 29-year-old down to a new deal, although his wage demands of a rumoured £330,000-a-week have made the negotiations difficult, considering the clubs wage structure.

Rumours in the last week or so have suggested that Ozil is close to agreeing a new deal, although Arsene Wenger has said he is neither optimistic nor pessimistic regarding that particular possibility.

Wenger said:

“Our intention is to keep Ozil at the club.

“Hopefully, we will manage to do that very soon. It’s not close enough to be optimistic but not far enough to be pessimistic.

When asked if negotiations are progressing, he added:

“The vibe I get from his commitment, focus and desire, he behaves like someone who is ready to commit. After that, contract negotiations are what they are.

“We aren’t close enough to tell you yes, he will stay.”

Ozil has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United where he would be reunited with Jose Mourinho after working with him at Real Madrid, and of course his creative partner from Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez moved to Old Trafford in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier this week after also letting his contract run into its last six months.