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Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal are still in talks with Mesut Ozil over a new contract.
The Germany international has been in talks with the club over a new deal since May but an agreement has not been struck.
Ozil is into the penultimate year of his current contract and as expected Arsenal are keen to extend his deal. But the talks are taking longer than expected and many fans have begun to panic that we could lose the German. Those fears were heightened last week when a Turkish based newspaper Hurriyet claimed the midfielder recently held talks with Fenerbahce over a future move.
While Ozil hasn’t showed any sign that he is unhappy at the Emirates, the report definitely puts a question mark over his Arsenal future and in a bid to calm fears, Wenger revealed we are still in talks with the midfielder although admitted there is nothing concrete yet.
He said: “There is nothing really concrete enough to talk about, but it is moving along.”
Though Wenger’s aim was to calm fans concern but the boss statement makes me wonder why there is nothing concrete at the moment despite initiating talks at the end of last season.
If the midfielder could reportedly spend 17 hours in talks with Fenerbahce, why is Arsenal’s taking so much time or is this a case of “no smoke without fire”?
Few months back, Wenger’s comments about Ozil’s future exuded so much confidence but I can’t say the same about his latest statements. However as Gooners, we can only hope we find a breakthrough in talks with the midfielder soon as it would be a big loss if he leaves.