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Ozil: My Future Doesn’t Depend On Wenger



The future of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal is far from certain as manager Arsene Wenger decides whether or not he will remain at the Emirates beyond this season.
The World Cup winner could leave the club this summer along with star man Alexis Sanchez in what would be a double blow to the Gunners faithful.
Ozil had stated the need for the future of his manager to be decided before he can commit his long-term future to the club, although his latest comments suggest the player would be willing to stay on at the London club even if the 67-year-old departs this summer.
UK tabloid, The Sun, quoting German paper, Bild, reports that the 28-year-old said:
“There were talks with the people in charge of Arsenal, but I am currently concentrating on the current season, just like the leaders of Arsenal.
“I’ve always said I feel happy at Arsenal: the club, the fans, the city – it’s all here.
“Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons why I came to Arsenal but it would be wrong to say that my future depends only on the trainer.”
The former Real Madrid star’s contract expires at the end of next season, with Arsenal likely to cash in this summer should a new deal not be signed, rather than lose the player they paid £42 million for on a free transfer.
The speculation around the futures of both Ozil and Sanchez, along with the protests demanding their manager not remain in charge next season, has come on the back of yet another mixed campaign where the club failed to challenge for the Premier League and were eliminated at the last 16 stage of the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich, losing 10-2 on aggregate.
Ozil has won two FA Cups with Arsenal but is desperate for Champions League success, and with the Gunners still outside the top four their place in next year’s competition is far from certain.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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