Last night a journalist at German publication Sport Bild teased the Arsenal community on Twitter with news that Mesut Ozil is on the brink of signing a new deal at the Emirates.
The full story, published this morning (screenshot courtesy of Sport Witness), claims that the World Cup winner – who has two years remaining on his current deal – is willing to put pen-to-paper on a new two-year contract worth €230,000 / week.
It’s suggested that he has two ‘demands’ before doing so. First, that he’s given Jack Wilshere’s number 10 shirt because he wants to follow in the footsteps of Dennis Bergkamp.
Second, that the Gunners continue to invest in players so that they have the best possible chance of challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.
We’re assuming a change in digits would not take place until next season, at which point Ozil could consolidate his personal ‘brand’ by sporting number 10 both domestically and at international level. That is, of course, assuming we’re willing to slight young Jack should he be welcomed back into the fold after his loan at Bournemouth. Weird how shirt numbers are so damn important to people…
As for signing players? Well, it’s not like we didn’t blow a load of cash securing Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez this summer.
Sport Bild highlight Arsenal missing out on Alexandre Lacazette as an example of Wenger not necessarily going all out in the transfer window, but quite honestly if that’s the only thing stopping Ozil from signing on the dotted line then we’re not going to get our panties in a twist.
We’re mostly just surprised he hasn’t asked for Mathieu Flamini to be installed on the board of directors.
It certainly looks like we’re moving in the right direction on this, so let’s hope we can get it over the line soon. And then we can turn our attention to prolonging Alexis Sanchez’s contract.