With star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil entering the final year of their contracts and the Gunners losing their grasp on the top four places in the league, it is understandable that many Gooners were far from confident that the German playmaker would not follow Alexis Sanchez out of the exit door.
Rumours were floating around that he would see out his contract and team up with his former team mate as well as his former manager at Manchester United.
The Manchester club would presumably be able to offer the German a larger contract than Arsenal could afford, as well as spend huge amounts of money on players to surround the talented number 10.
On transfer deadline day, Arsenal fans were celebrating the arrival of record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund. The Gabonese forward would be joining his former teammate, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, following his swap deal with Alexis Sanchez.
There was plenty to get excited about, but the best was saved until last.
In the early hours of 30 January, news broke from Germany that Mesut Özil was set to put pen to paper on a new contract to stay at Arsenal. This was confirmed on Wednesday by BBC reporter David Ornstein.
Mesut Özil has famously had a difficult time convincing various journalists about his suitability to the Premier League, with the German being accused in some quarters of being a scam artist, due to his lack of fight and desire when things are not going well.
Mesut has well and truly put that argument to bed.
Over the last few months he has been one of Arsenal’s best and most consistent performers.
Sports can be a hot bed full of inconsistent players, players that seem to promise the Earth but fail to deliver and footballers that simply make you, as a fan and as a football lover feel completely scammed. However, it has now been clearly proven that in a world that is full of sports and betting scams, like all of the casino cons and sports cowboys that you can find out about in www.scams.info, this player is most definitely not one of them.
On 26 January Arsène Wenger had positive things to say about his star man.
Wenger said: “The vibes I get from his commitment, his focus and his desire for achievement with the team is that he behaves like someone who is completely focused and committed and ready to commit but after that contract negotiations are what they are. We are not close enough to tell you ‘Yes, he will do it.’ I don’t know.”
Not only does Mesut have a bumper weekly pay rise in his pocket, but he will be pleased to have some new toys to play with. A technician like Mkhitaryan has been sorely missed since Santi Cazorla picked up a serious injury last season. You can envisage the pair linking up very well once the Armenian settles into Arsène Wenger’s team.
The same can be said for new striker Aubameyang. Özil’s impressive passing range is not always fully utilised, but having a player as fast as the former Dortmund forward will be beneficial, especially given the fact that he likes to run in behind rather than come to the ball, something that Alexandre Lacazette tends to do a little more than perhaps Gooners imagined before he signed.
It has been a difficult campaign for Arsenal fans, but after two excellent additions and their star performer sticking with the Gunners, maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel after all.