Mesut Ozil says he’s very happy at Arsenal and has no intention of leaving the club before his current contract ends in two years time.
The German, who is 18 months into a three and a half year extension at the Emirates, was heavily linked with a move away from the club in the build-up to the January transfer window but that speculation has since died down.
Ozil has endured a frustrating season on the pitch with the fallout from his international retirement, niggly injuries and illness all taking their toll on his form.
Asked by Sky Sports if he’s happy and wants to stick around at Arsenal, Ozil said: “Absolutely. I’ve got two more years on my contract. I don’t know after that but I’ve got two years left.
“I’m 30 now, I still have years in front of me, it’s down to the club as well of course, but I’ve got two years here – after that I don’t know what happens.”
While it still appears that Unai Emery has reservations about using the World Cup winner in away games – a remarkable state of affairs given he’s the club’s highest earner on £350,000 a month – the midfielder says his relationship with his coach is ‘positive’.
“No [there are noissues with Emery],” he added. “Definitely not. There’s always speculation, everyone inside knew that our situation is positive.
“It’s frustrating [not playing]. I want to play in every game. Through injury I’ve missed games but that’s football.
“As a footballer you always want to start games. The coach makes decisions which means you may not start but you have to keep going.”
Whether the Arsenal hierarchy wants to keep Ozil around remains to be seen. Their problem is that having handed him a whopping great pay rise few clubs can actually afford him.