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Mesut Ozil wants to sign a new Arsenal contract but he must prove to the club that he deserves one, according to European football expert Raphael Honigstein.
Ozil is out of contract at Arsenal at the end of the current season.
He has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United, a rumour Honigstein has quashed.
Honigstein believes Ozil wants to stay and believes Arsenal looks to be his best option going forward.
However, the journalist says it is now in the hands of the Gunners to decide if they want to offer Ozil the wages he wants to extend his Emirates stay.
“I think his preferred choice is very much to stay at Arsenal,” he told ESPN FC.
“It’s down to him to make himself indispensable or at least attractive enough to get the kind of deal that he wants.
“I think Arsenal are still sort of weighing up their options, they perhaps haven’t pushed hard enough as he and his advisers would have liked.
“A different situation to Alexis Sanchez, who has very much made up his mind he is going to be off.
“Mesut Ozil still wants to stay and I’m not sure he will find a better setup for him.
“I don’t think there is necessarily an option in the Premier League available, I don’t buy all these stories about Mourinho and Man United being interested in him, I just don’t think that’s credible.
“Then you have to look at going back to Spain where he’s already been at Real Madrid, that makes things complicated or back to Germany where I don’t think there is much of a market for him right now.
“So I think he wants to say and I think Arsenal in the end will decide that he is, even at a higher wage, still a cheaper option to sign for free effectively than looking for a replacement.”