Mesut Ozil has finally decided to put pen to paper on a shiny, new Arsenal deal.
Ozil only had six months left on the old contract he signed back in 2013 after he made the move from Real Madrid for a club record (at the time) of £42.5m. Therefore, it was down to the playmaker whether he wanted to follow in the footsteps of Alexis Sanchez and leave, or pledge his future to Arsenal.
Thank God he chose the latter option.
The 29-year-old will become the Gunners’ highest-earning player on £350k-per-week but I haven’t seen a single Arsenal fan complain.
Ozil has signed on until 2021, which will take him up to the age of 32 and, if he sees out his contract, he’ll have spent eight years at the club.
Although the signs were there that the German wanted to stay in north London, it apparently took the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, which Arsenal announced on deadline day, to convince him to finally put pen to paper.
Ozil has made 182 appearances for Arsenal, scored 36 goals and provided 64 assists.
The midfielder is a real Arsenal fan favourite and even though it’s great to see us luring new players to north London, keeping our existing ones, when they’re as crucial to the team as Ozil, is just as important.