Mesut Ozil to start contract talks with Arsenal soon

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Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil has revealed that he will hold talks with Arsenal in the near future, with his deal expiring next season. The Gunners are in a spot with a host of players, including Alexis Sanchez, whose contract also expires next season, on the verge of exit. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another player whose future is up for discussion.

Ozil came on as a second-half substitute for Germany against Azerbaijan in a 4-1 victory for the World Champions, taking another decisive step towards securing their berth in Russia in 2018. The 28-year-old missed the Gunners' 3-1 loss to West Brom in their last Premier League outing with a back problem but is likely to be in the squad to take on Manchester City next Sunday.

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The German insists that he is comfortable at Arsenal and London, insisting that they will bounce back from their recent dip in form and secure a Champions League spot, something they have managed to do for the last 20 years under Arsene Wenger.

He told German newspaper Der Welt, as quoted by Sky Sports: "Do you think Arsene Wenger tells the journalists [about my future] before he tells me? I know him differently I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We'll talk soon and then make a decision.

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"My dream is to win the Champions League. Why not with Arsenal? Of course, we just have a difficult time and are not satisfied with sixth place. I am convinced, however, that we will catch up again soon. Let's see what the future holds."

The Gunners are currently sixth in the table and face a herculean task to get back into reckoning with 11 games left before the end of the season. A loss to City this weekend will open up what could be an insurmountable gap between the Gunners and the top four, making a strong case for Wenger to leave after the season.

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