Arsene Wenger: Why Mesut Ozil contract feels like new Arsenal signing

The Arsenal manager is delighted that the Gunners have managed to tie down Mesut Ozil to a long-term deal

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil Photo: Puma

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Mesut Ozil comitting his future to Arsenal feels like the Gunners have signed a new player.

The Germany international signed a three and a half year contract with the north London side last week to finally put to bed uncertainty surrounding his future.

Ozil has been regularly linked with a potential exit at Arsenal over the past season or so after the World Cup winner entered the final 12 months of his contract.

Indeed, the 29-year-old has been tipped to move to Manchester United when his contract ends at the end of the 2017-18 season following Alexis Sanchez’s switch to Old Trafford in January.

Arsenal signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the swap deal that saw Sanchez head to Manchester Untied to compensate the Gunners for the Chile international’s departure.

The north London side spent a club record £56m transfer fee on Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to further improve their attacking options.

Arsenal ended the transfer window on a positive note when it emerged Ozil was set to sign a new long-term deal with the eight-time English champions.

And Wenger conceded the Ozil’s new deal does feel like landing a new signing given the German was heavily tipped to leave Arsenal.

“It is [like a new signing], because many predicted that he will not commit and not sign for us,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website. “Overall it’s good news for us.

“When you look at the transfer market today, the fact that you 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 have to do that as well on the pitch and lead the team.”

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