The Germany international has insisted he is very happy with life at the Emirates Stadium and hit back at an accusation made by Gunners legend Thierry Henry
Mesut Ozil has confirmed he will sign a new contract at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger signals his intent to stay on as manager.
As Goal reported in October, Ozil is happy at Arsenal but wants his manager’s future to be resolved before committing his own to the Gunners, with Wenger’s contract due to expire in six months’ time.
The playmaker’s current deal expires in the summer of 2018 and, like Alexis Sanchez, he has yet to agree terms to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium, but has told the club he is willing to remain in north London.
“I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract,” Ozil told Kicker. “The fans want me to stay and now it is just down to the club.”
He added: “The club knows that I am here most of all because of Arsene 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 doing to [in the future].”
Ozil has enjoyed another impressive campaign thus far, scoring nine goals and registering six assists across the Premier League and Champions League, but has had to deal with frequent speculation regarding his future.
Former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry has accused the German – as well as Alexis – of “holding the club ransom” by refusing to sign unless he is offered a significant increase to his salary, but Ozil rebuffed that suggestion.
“Everybody has the right to say his opinion,” said the midfielder. “But these statements do not interest me, they do not affect me. Such ex-players, or other people who have their say, do not know what is actually spoken between the club and me.”