Mesut Ozil claims he ‘definitely’ wants to stay at Arsenal and will hold contract talks

Ozil is in Australia with Arsenal as they prepare for next season.

He is yet to extend his contract which has just 12 months to run but is hopeful an agreement has been reached.

Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s futures have been in doubt through last season with just one year to go on both’s deals.

But there has been less interest in Ozil and he now looks set to stay.

“It is definitely my preference to stay,” Ozil said at the launch of the club’s Puma-made third kit.

“It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal. Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss the future.

“For now the most important thing is our pre-season and getting through the tour, training and getting fitness. When I’m back in London, we will sit down and discuss.”

Arsenal has made Alexandre Lacazette their new club-record signing and is hot on the heels of Thomas Lemar.

But they still face the prospect of losing Sanchez to Manchester City, but Arsene Wenger has been adamant he will not leave.

And Ozil thinks the clubs needs him to have a chance of winning the title.

“It would hit the team quite hard if he left because he’s a player who always delivers,” said Ozil.

”It would be a setback to winning the title, but in the end, it’s the player’s decision.

“I hope Alexis stays but I don’t know what the status is, to be honest. I value him a lot as a player and he’s very well suited to the game Arsenal play.

“From a personal view I’d really appreciate if he stays, but it’s the player’s decision after all and there’s not much more I can comment on that.”

Source: Daily Express