Arsene Wenger makes honest admission about Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal contract talks
Arsene Wenger discusses Mesut Ozil's contract talks at Arsenal this season
Arsene Wenger has insisted that Mesut Ozil wants to stay at Arsenal and extend his contract – but has revealed that the Gunners will have to increase his weekly wages significantly.
The Arsenal playmaker has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers since his arrival at the north London club from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.
His current deal at The Emirates is set to expire in the summer of 2018 and the German World Cup winner is in talks with the Gunners about a new contract.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that Ozil is seeking a significant weekly wage increase to £200,000 a week from his current reported deal of £140,000 a week.
And although Wenger is confident that the north London club will be able to tie Ozil down to a new deal, he admits that it is going to cost Arsenal.
Wenger is quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror: “I don’t think he needs convincing. He wants to stay here. But if you have a good bank, call me.
“It’s not just money. Arsenal can win titles of course. But that’s what we have to show. We are in a League where Man City, Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea everybody fights and you cannot guarantee that to anybody.
“We keep that (negotiations) discreet. At due time we will come out with that. We want to keep our best players, of course. But the more I say that, the more he is in a stronger position!”
Arsenal return to Champions League action on Wednesday with a home clash against Ludogorets.