Sport Wenger admits Ozil contract talks have 'slowed down' amid Man Utd links

10:05  14 september  2017
10:05  14 september  2017 Source:

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Arsene Wenger remains hopeful Mesut Ozil will sign a new deal with Arsenal and insists contract talks have not broken down with the Germany international, although they have slowed .

MesutOzil-cropped: Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil© Provided by Goal Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that contract talks with Mesut Ozil have slowed down, but he remains hopeful of re-signing the soon-to-be free agent.

Ozil, like team-mate and Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez, is out of contract at the end of the season and the Germany international has been linked with a move away from Arsenal - with Manchester United the latest to be credited with interest, as Jose Mourinho has worked with Ozil before at Real Madrid.

As doubts grow over the World Cup winner – who will miss Arsenal's Europa League opener against Cologne on Thursday – Wenger said: "Of course [I am hopeful].

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ARSENE WENGER admits contract talks with Mesut Ozil have stalled in recent weeks. “Yes, of course (I am hopeful)," Wenger said. GETTY. Mesut Ozil 's contract talks have slowed down at Arsenal.

“The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31”. Arsene Wenger . Mesut Ozil : Arsenal abandoned contract talks in February amid Arsene Wenger uncertainty. Paul Pogba injury latest: Man Utd star out for at least a month with damaged hamstring.

"The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31, because we need a little breather and to focus on the competition. But we will slowly get back into that."

While Arsenal will be without Ozil ahead of their trip to Premier League champions Chelsea, they will finally be able to call upon Jack Wilshere.

Injuries have derailed Wilshere's career at the Emirates Stadium but the 25-year-old midfielder is set to make his first senior appearance for the club since August 2016, having spent last season on loan at Bournemouth.

"You have certainly seen the video of him when we played against Barcelona — his game is about that," Wenger said.

"He needs a little burst to get away from people because he can move the game forward and, if you can move the game forward, you need your legs to get you out of pressure.

"That will come back [for him] — it is coming back in training. He is very hungry and sharp. He is not completely at his best, but he is getting there. He enjoys being back and competing for his place and what I see in training is positive."

Mesut Ozil returns to training following knee injury .
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he has returned to training with the Gunners following his knee injury which kept him out for two games. The German International had a short spell on the sidelines which meant he was absent for Arsenal’s victory over FC Koln in the UEFA Europa League and the draw at Stamford Bridge against London rivals Chelsea. The 28-year-old midfielder had played every minute of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign this season before picking up his injury, but is expected to return for the Gunners’ showdown with West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates on Monday. The German will not play any part in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash with Doncaster and will work on regaining match fitness for the remainder of the week. The Gunners had feared that Ozil could have a serious problem with his knee, but manager Arsene Wenger as well as fans will breathe a huge sigh of relief as Ozil makes a quick recovery. The North London club are still trying to get Ozil to sign a new contract at the club as his current deal expires next summer and should Ozil have a brilliant World Cup, then it will be difficult for the Gunners to keep hold of him.

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