Mesut Ozil has quashed reports linking him with a move away from Arsenal and insisted that he wants to stay at the club to work alongside Arsene Wenger.
According to a story in the Spanish press two days ago, the 27-year-old midfielder was considering his options with his future hinging on the identity of the club’s head coach.
Ozil had supposedly ‘lost patience’ with Wenger, Don Balon reported, and had asked his agent to search for potential escape routes if the 66-year-old coach remained at the helm.
Although the reports were largely ignored by the English press, the Germany international has now dismissed them out of hand and reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal.
“Have seen the media reports today,” he tweeted. “Arsene Wenger was a big reason for me joining Arsenal – this hasn’t changed! #Respect #AFC”
Ozil, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months, is yet to agree to a new deal at the Emirates, with his current contract expiring in 2018.
Arsenal remain confident that, off the back of his best season since joining from Real Madrid for £42.5million in 2013, the 27-year-old will put pen to paper on a £180,000-a-week agreement.
Ozil has scored eight goals and notched an impressive 19 assists across all competitions this season.