German midfielder Mesut Ozil has 18 months remaining on his current £200,000-per-week Arsenal contract.

However, the 28-year-old who has nine goals and six assists in 26 outings for the Gunners this season has revealed the singular condition for him to sign an extension.

Ozil, who has missed Arsenal’s last three matches due to illness claims he would only remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond 2018 if club boss Arsène Wenger stays regardless of his payments terms.

“I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract,” Ozil told Kicker.

“The fans want that I stay and now it is just down to the club.

“The club knows that I am here most of all because of Arsène Wenger. He is the one who signed me and he is the one whose trust I have.

“The club also knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to do.

“Everyone has a right to say what they want but what they have to say doesn’t interest me.

“Ex-players or other people who have a view don’t know what is actually being said between me and the club.”

Arsenal hierarchy can only hope they work out Wenger’s stay at the club to also ensure thier star man also remains as they continue to chase thier first Premier League title since 2004.


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