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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].

Arsenal yet to re-open Ozil contract talks

  Arsenal yet to re-open Ozil contract talks According to reports in Germany, as cited by talkSPORT today, Arsenal are yet to re-open contract discussions with Mesut Ozil. It’s been well documented for some time now that the Gunners have struggled to reach an agreement with the German international. However, it looks as though no fresh approach has been made by the club. Ozil’s current deal at the Emirates expires in the summer of 2018, meaning that Arsenal must extend his contract or risk losing him for free at the end of the season, unless a bid is accepted for the former Real Madrid man in January. The reports from Sport Bild, who talkSPORT quote, claim that Arsenal’s most recent talks with Ozil were held back in February, and nothing has changed since. The Gunners offered Ozil a lucrative new deal earlier on in the year but the two parties could not come to an agreement, leaving the experienced midfielder’s future as uncertain as ever.

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 wants to join Manchester United .
Mesut Ozil will reportedly refuse to sign a new contract at Arsenal as he has his eyes set on joining Manchester United, according to a report from John Richardson of the Mirror. The German is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer and despite the Gunners wanting to keep him, his representatives have “put out feelers” to United about the possibility of a move to Man United and the Red Devils have apparently said that they would like to sign the player. Jose Mourinho is said to be a big fan of the German international and he’d be happy to pay him a decent wage in order to get him on a free transfer. The 28-year-old, along with Alexis Sanchez, looks almost certain to leave for free in the summer and with the Chilean looking very likely to join Manchester City, it will be a kick in the teeth to see Ozil join United.

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