The details of exactly which clubs Arsenal star Mesut Ozil rejected this month to renew his contract at the Emirates have come to the fore online this afternoon.
Brilliant, but inconsistent
Ozil, who splits opinion among both fans and pundits due to his languid style on the pitch, has been at the Emirates stadium since 2013, when he arrived from Real Madrid for 50 million Euro.
Despite registering impressive assist numbers for the club over the last 4 seasons, the German has found it difficult to rediscover the consistent brilliance that saw him widely regarded as one of the world’s finest attacking midfielders whilst in the Spanish capital, with wonderful showings all too often followed by anonymous outings from the Schalke youth product in North London.
However, the current campaign has showcased just how crucial the 29-year-old truly is to the Arsenal cause, with his absence through injury having shone a spotlight on the glaring lack of creativity in the Gunners’ starting XI when the German mastermind is missing.
In addition, Ozil’s brilliant showings over the last couple of months amidst growing speculation regarding a possible move to Manchester United were made to look even more impressive by the disinterested displays of fellow transfer-linked star Alexis Sanchez.
Committed to the cause
The stark contrast between the performances of their club’s two most gifted players actually saw droves of Gunners’ fans plead with the Arsenal board to sanction Sanchez’s sale, but also to cough up whatever money was deemed necessary to keep hold of Ozil.
And this is precisely what has transpired over the weeks that have followed, with Sanchez’s departure for Manchester United followed by the surprise news that Ozil is all set to prolong his stay in the English capital:
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 31, 2018
In the aftermath of the news breaking that the 2014 World Cup winner is set to stay put at the Emirates, an interesting story came to the fore in the German media regarding which clubs Ozil actually turned down, in favour of extending his Arsenal contract.
As per credible German outlet Bild, all of PSG, Manchester United and Barcelona saw their respective interest in the signature of Ozil rebuffed this month.
It is claimed that the former Werder Bremen standout’s new deal in North London will see him become the highest paid player in Arsenal’s history, at £350,000-per-week.