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    Will Mesut Ozil Sign A New Deal At Arsenal?

    In recent weeks and months speculation has flown as to whether German international and Arsenal's creative dynamo Mesut Ozil will sign a new deal with Arsenal. Ozil was recently quoted as saying that if Arsene Wenger signs a new deal at the club, he will follow suit and commit his future to the North London club. So will Ozil stick to his reported words or will he be looking for a new club next year?

     Ozil said in an interview with German football magazine Kicker "The club knows that I am here most of all because of Arsène Wenger. He is the one who signed me and he is the one whose trust I have. The club also knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to [do in the future].”
    Wenger gave his reply to Ozil's recent comments in his pre-match press conference for their Premier League game away at Swansea last week " He would like to know what happens on the managerial front of course, but I don’t think that’s the main part of his decision. I think it’s part of it but it’s not the only thing. There are many other ingredients in every negotiation. Hopefully we will find a conclusion with him very quickly."

    Mesut Ozil at his official unveiling after signing for Arsenal on transfer deadline day in August 2013. Since then he has proved a major inspiration for their improvement in the last several years, so surely it would be incredibly foolish to let him walk away on a free, right? Photo copyright GALLO Images.

    When Ozil joined the club on transfer deadline day in 2013 he noted that Wenger was the biggest factor behind his move to the club. The two have enjoyed a close relationship since he joined and has flourished after a slightly underwhelming period of adaptation to the Premier League. Both him and fellow key player, striker Alexis Sanchez, have attracted wide scale attention as their ongoing contract saga continues.

    Both Ozil and Sanchez are out of contract next summer and there is intense speculation that both could leave the club, either this summer or next summer for free. It would of previously seemed impossible that two very good players could leave the same club for free, yet this is currently a distinct possibility as negotiations continue.

    Both are believed to be demanding a steep pay increase from their current wages of £140 000 and £130 000 per week for Ozil and Sanchez respectively. It's been reported both are asking for north of £200 000 per week with their next deal, which would separate them both further from the current squad.

    They are already the two highest paid players at the club, with the next closest being Theo Walcott who earns £110 000 per week. If Ozil and Sanchez have their demands met that would likely mean they would double the weekly wage of the next highest paid players in the squad, something which could lead to added tension within the squad.

    Ozil and Sanchez celebrating one of the countless goals both have been responsible for since they both joined the club. Will they have plenty more for Arsenal in them past next summer? Photo copyright Stuart MacFarlane/Flickr.

    From the outside it would seem a very easy decision to the board members and chief executive at Arsenal, the talent,skill and dedication they both bring to the squad would be virtually impossible to replace. To let them both walk away on a free, into the arms of a likely European competitor would surely be something that cannot be allowed to happen.

    On the other hand this could prove to be a momentous occasion in the direction of the club, something that we may not even fully realise until well after the dust has settled. The club under Wenger have always stuck to their policy of never overpaying for a player. This is a philosophy that they have only began to deviate from slowly in the past number of years, with the signings of the likes of Ozil and Sanchez.

    From the clubs perspective they do want to be held to ransom by their two star players, who seemingly hold the bargaining power at the present moment. A significant portion of Arsenal's recent improvement in the past three years has been because of the effect of players of the highest quality such as Ozil and Sanchez.

    If the club do give into their demands, this will increase the chances of friction within the squad as the rest of the squad will know they will be earning significantly less. This will also set a precedent for future player club negotiations as the majority of the clubs top players will take a similar stance with their own contract negotiations, something that could drastically increase their wage bill.

    The moment is coming for the clubs top brass to make a decision regarding the future success of the team. Are they going to join the arms race their competitors, both domestically and in Europe, have adopted, or are they going to stick to their financial principles even if it potentially limits their future success? Both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be the catalyst for this major decision.

    By Jordan Wilkins (Follow me on Twitter @brfcjordan95.)

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