Mesut Ozil Could Have Little Choice But to Stay at Arsenal for One Embarrassing Reason

Jamie Spencer
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​ Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil could have little choice but to end his ongoing contract battle with the club and sign an extension, despite giving little indication up to now that it is something he really wants to do.


While fellow contract rebel Alexis Sanchez has been heavily linked with the likes of Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks, serious transfer talk regarding Ozil has been suspiciously quiet. There has been weak gossip regarding Barcelona and Manchester United, but nothing substantial.

Rather unfortunately for Ozil, it would seem that no elite club particularly wants him.


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According to a report by the Daily Mail, Ozil is currently refusing to sign a deal worth £250,000-per-week at Arsenal. He doesn't appear to have any better options in Europe, though.

Turkish club Fenerbahce have long been rumoured to hold interest, but it is said they would struggle to match Ozil's current wage of £140,000-per-week, let alone offer a similar amount to Arsenal's improved proposal.

Ozil could get a huge pay day in China, a path a number of other high profile players have chosen over the last 12-18 months. But the Mail notes that he, rather understandably, doesn't actually want to go to the Chinese Super League.

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It means that the chances of him signing a new contract at Arsenal are strengthened as trying to force his way out to the highest bidder seemingly won't have the desired effect. Were he to refuse and play out the final year of his current deal, free agency in 2018 could also represent an embarrassing risk if he isn't then met with the lucrative offers from big clubs he's hoping for.

Ozil's form in 2016/17 possibly hasn't helped his case. While innately talented and capable of brilliant things, the German's languid playing style and tendency to shrink in the spotlight of big game has earned him few admirers and many critics.

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