In the midst of the Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang speculation, Arsene Wenger has also provided an update on what should be his priority after the January transfer window is brought to an end.
The Arsenal manager has managed to secure the acquisitions of two players so far this month with Konstantinos Maprovanos and Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving to the Emirates stadium.
However, Wenger’s main worry after the departure of Alexis Sanchez is now likely to be the future of key midfielder Mesut Ozil.
The 29-year-old’s contract at the club is set to expire this summer after almost five years in north London.
Several reports have linked Ozil with a move away from Arsenal even though there has not been a long queue of suitors battling for his signature as it was with Sanchez.
Some rumours have also suggested that the Gunners are likely to finally reach an agreement with the Germany international over a contract extension.
And when asked about the prospect of a deal for Ozil being completed, Wenger revealed things may take some time.
“Not close enough to be optimistic and not far enough to be pessimistic.” the Arsenal manager respondedwhen asked about the progress made in negotiations.