Ozil’s future has nothing to do with mine: Wenger

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Mesut Ozil’s future at current club Arsenal has been the talk of the town, and perhaps football-watching world, but Wenger says the Arsenal midfielder has been largely misinterpreted.

In his latest interview given in Germany, Ozil stated that his future at the club would depend largely on whether Wenger also continues to serve as Arsenal manager.

Wenger’s contract is set to end at the end of this season, and the Frenchman has thus far refused to commit to an extension. Ozil, along with Alexis Sanchez, are key members of the current Arsenal side and with both just 18 months away from becoming free agents, transfer rumors have begun to run rife.

In response to Ozil’s statement, Wenger said that Ozil’s interview was “a bit misinterpreted”.

He said, “Yes, Ozil would like to know who would be the manager of the club when he leaves, but that is not the deciding factor. Other things also come into play when a player is extending his contract.”

Reports also suggest that compared to Alexis Sanchez, Ozil is far more keen to put pen to paper and extend his tenure as an Arsenal player.

When asked about the current transfer market and whether the club was looking to strengthen, especially following rumors about a bid for the Italy striker Andrea Belotti, Wenger dismissed all speculation.

He did concede that full-back Carl Jenkinson would leave the club in this transfer window, with Crystal Palace the likeliest destination. Most Arsenal fans, I am guessing, will look at this particular news and release a huge sigh of relief!

On being asked about any team update ahead of their fixture against Swansea on Saturday, Wenger said that Ozil, Sanchez, Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny will return to the fold, but Theo Walcott will still be out for another 2-3 weeks.

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