Mesut Ozil close to signing new 200,000-a-week contract at Arsenal; becomes their highest paid player
According to reports from the Mirror, German midfielder Mesut Ozil is close to signing a £200,000 a week contract at Arsenal. The German’s representatives have had advanced talks with the Arsenal management over the course of this international break.
The attacking midfielder is currently paid £140,000 a week and has only 18 months left on his contract, but Arsenal are fairly confident that the player wants to stay at the London club and are prepared to offer him higher wages.
This contract would mean that Ozil would become Arsenal’s highest paid player. The German has been in the form of his career so far this season and has already lit up the Premier League and Champions League with a number of outstanding displays.
The former Real Madrid man has already racked up 7 goals and 3 assists in 14 appearances for the club this season and his representatives are eager to put pen to paper with Arsenal after his great start.
Ozil joined the Gunners from Real Madrid three years ago and has been vital in Arsenal’s fight for supremacy in Europe and England. The midfielder has reportedly also just purchased a new house for £10 million in the city of London.
Arsenal are looking to tie down Ozil after already having extended right back Hector Bellerin’s contract in a six-year deal. However, forward Alexis Sanchez’s new contract is less certain, with the Chile international’s contract also expiring after 18 months.
Ozil has defied the critics with his exceptional performances thus far and a particular highlight has been his hat-trick for the Gunners against Ludogorets in the Champions league.
The German attacker also scored against Chelsea in Arsenal’s 3-0 win at home and will be looking to continue performing at the same level in the London club’s forthcoming games, with the hectic fixture list in December.
Arsenal find themselves first in their group in the Champions League on 10 points after 4 games but are tied with French club Paris Saint-Germain, and are only ahead on goal difference.
While in the Premier League, they lie 4th in the table after 11 games, on 24 points. Arsenal will be looking to challenge for the title this season and finish strongly as they battle the top three of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.