English Premier League (EPL) club Arsenal will have some tough time on their hands convincing German playmaker Mesut Ozil to stay at the Emirates Stadium. The player has reportedly given the Gunners a couple of conditions to meet in order for him to stay in London.
Ozil, who could be given a new contract package of $259,260-a-week will become the highest paid player at the club. However, for this to happen, the Germany international wants to take the No.10 jersey for the upcoming season. He has also demanded the Arsenal board to keep spending more money to bring in quality players at the club, as reported by Bild.
Jack Wilshere was the previous user of the No. 10 jersey at the Emirates Stadium. However, the player has left the club on a loan deal to Premier League side Bournemouth for the season. The Gunners have also broken their tradition to spend some money this summer. They have brought in the likes of Granit Xhaka and Skhodran Mustafi for a combined fee of $90.72 million.
The German World Cup winner wants the spending to continue so that Arsenal could challenge for the Premier League title and the Champions League trophy in near future. The player is happy to stay at the Emirates Stadium and will likely sign a new deal, but his conditions has to be met by the club first.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Zindine Zidane has impressed Ozil with the work he has done at the club ever since his takeover from former manager Rafael Benitez. The player could return back to his old club in Madrid should the Gunners fail to honor his demands.
The 27-year-old has been sensational for Arsenal ever since his move from the Santiago Bernabeu. He assisted 19 times and netted six goals for his club in the Premier League last season. The man from Gelsenkirchen, Germany has been able to continue his form in the 2016-17 season as well, as reported by WhoScored.com.
It will be interesting to see how the Ozil situation is handled by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and the board.
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