Arsene Wenger insists the club is confident of securing the commitment of one of Europe’s most prestigious players.
Following the departures of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky, the Gunners invested in the transfer market more than ever by bringing in Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding, Lucas Perez, Shkodran Mustafi and Takuma Asano during the summer.
However, Wenger’s squad could be weakened by this time next year if the future of a key player like Mesut Ozil, whose contract expires in 2018, is not secured.
The German has continued to be linked with a move to other big clubs around Europe but the Arsenal manager has revealed that a new contract for Ozil is being negotiated.
“I don’t think he needs convincing [to sign new contract]. He wants to stay here.” Wenger said
“It’s not just money. Arsenal can win titles of course. But that’s what we have to show. We are in a league where Man City, Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea everybody fights and you cannot guarantee that to anybody.
“We keep that [negotiations] discreet. At due time we will come out with that. We want to keep our best players, of course. But the more I say that, the more he is in a stronger position.”