Arsenal appear set to offer a £200,000 per-week contract, something they have never done before..
The man on the end of that contract is Mesut Ozil. The Germans current deal is due to expire in two seasons time, but the club are keen to extend his deal this summer. The German World Cup winner turns 28 in October, and it is likely that a new deal would be four years long, a two-year extension on his current deal. Ozil is currently the clubs highest earner on £140,000 per-week, but his new contract offer appears to include a huge £60,000 per-week rise, a sign of intent from the Gunners.
The news comes from the well-informed John Cross from the Daily Mirror. He has said the Ozil deal is well down the line, but there remains concern over the future of Alexis Sanchez, who has attracted interested from the likes of Bayern Munich and Juventus. The Chilean midfielder seems frustrated at the club but he may be encouraged to stay should Ozil commit his long-term future and if any early transfer business is completed.
Arsenal look set to complete a €40million deal for Granit Xhaka and that would really add to the Gunners central midfield arsenal.
Arsene Wenger will know he cannot afford to lose Ozil, the clubs main creator of goals (which have been sparse) this season. Ozil has notched 18 league assists and 6 goals, with an average pass success rate of 86.2%. Wenger needs to make sure he recruits a striker capable of being more clinical with the chances Ozil creates, as the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have often been wasteful, leading to frustration for Ozil and the fans.
It is likely that should Ozil commit to the club, he would have been told that new signings are on the way. Keeping Ozil and Alexis this summer could be two of the clubs biggest signings. They cannot afford to sign a couple of top players only to let two world-class ones leave. If Arsenal want to become one of the strongest teams in Europe they must get through this summer with their best players still at the club and make three or four top quality additions.
Arsenal’s front four have overall, been pretty pathetic this season. Ozil and Alexis are no doubt the two best players in that front four, so losing them would be catastrophic at this stage.