Özil is one of a number of key first-team players at Arsenal who are heading towards the end of their contracts, with his deal set to expire at the end of next season. Alexis Sanchez also sees his contract end in 2018, although the club have been active in opening negotiations with the Chile international as well as holding talks with Özil.
Fears arose last month that Arsenal were struggling to move those negotiations forward with the World Cup winner demanding £200,000-a-week to commit his future to the Premier League club. Özil was initially concerned that Arsenal lacked the ambition to challenge for the Premier League title as well as in Europe last season, but his fears were eased by the Gunners’ transfer business in the summer.
Arsenal fans will be delighted to discover today that a breakthrough has finally arrived with Özil, according to The Mirror. The 28-year-old is said to be the closest to signing the contract extension he has been than at any other point, and Arsenal are willing to give Özil a significant rise on his current weekly wage of £140,000-a-week.
Any agreement will keep Özil as the club’s highest-paid player at the Emirates, with Sanchez currently on £130,000-a-week. However, the Chilean is also in discussions over a £200,000-a-week deal, although he remains much further from reaching a conclusion to the drawn-out talks.
Özil is understood to be happy in London and also pleased with life at Arsenal, with the side currently on a 16-match unbeaten run that dates back to the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Arsenal vs Tottenham player ratings
Arsenal vs Tottenham player ratings
1/22 Petr Cech - 7
Sent the wrong way for Kane’s penalty but responded well minutes later to deny Eriksen down to his right. Arsenal continue to benefit from having such an experienced head between the sticks.
2/22 Hector Bellerín - 7
Bellerin was a decent threat going forward and his defensive game seems to be improving with every game. Superb tackle to deny Son after the break shows how well he is coming along in that area.
3/22 Shkodran Mustafi - 7
It looked like he might have been in for a tough afternoon after losing the lively Son on a couple of occasions early on but grew in confidence as the game wore on. Drew on his experience to keep his head during his first derby.
4/22 Laurent Koscielny - 6
Superb first half for the Gunner but silly challenge on Dembele was a costly one for his side. Kept Kane relatively quiet on his return and but marked down for penalty error.
5/22 Nacho Monreal - 7
The Spaniard has made a precarious start to the season but his form may be turning by the looks of this afternoon’s display. Keen to get forward at every opportunity and provided a solid presence for the Gunners on the left flank.
6/22 Francis Coquelin - 7
Arguably his best performance of the season. The North London derby seems to bring the best out of the Frenchman and, after getting to grips with Spurs’ new system, he was everywhere for the Gunners.
7/22 Granit Xhaka - 7
Seemed as though he may have been a liability for the Gunners taking into account his red card record but put in a composed display alongside Coquelin. Did the simple things well and provided a steady platform for Ozil, Sanchez and co to roam forward.
8/22 Theo Walcott - 7
Is the winger finally coming of age? After another decent display this afternoon it seems that might be the case. Threatened to double Arsenal’s lead with a wonderful strike just before half-time and was always a threat down the right.
9/22 Mesut Özil - 6
A pretty quiet day by his standards but the German is always a clever operator. Ozil spurned a good chance in the first half but his slick movement meant he was a threat to the Tottenham back three throughout.
10/22 Alex Iwobi - 5
Not the winger’s best day at the office but this fixture can be a difficult fixture for a young player. Wasted a great chance for the Gunners before half time and failed to utilise his power against Walker.
11/22 Alexis Sánchez - 7
Sanchez was a constant menace to the Spurs defence all afternoon and did everything but find the back of the net. The Chile international is proving to be an impressive foil for Arsenal’s other attacking players to get forward too.
12/22 Hugo Lloris - 7
Couldn’t do anything to stop Wimmer’s own goal and was reliable as ever for his side during a difficult period in the first half.
13/22 Kyle Walker - 7
Took to his wing back role like a duck to water and provided his side with great width on the right wing. Got the better of Iwobi in defence too.
14/22 Jan Vertonghen - 7
Made a very assured display and kept his concentration against a very tricky Arsenal frontline. Commanding presence in Alderweireld’s absence.
15/22 Kevin Wimmer - 5
A day to forget for the young defender. Poor own goal and looked vulnerable as Arsenal piled the pressure on afterwards. Recovered well in the second half though.
16/22 Danny Rose - 7
Slightly more defensive minded than Walker but still excelled in wing back position. Quickly becoming one of the best left backs in the league.
17/22 Eric Dier - 7
Another strong showing of Dier’s versatility after fitting into Pochettino’s back three seamlessly. Reads the game impeccably.
18/22 Son Heung-min - 6
Provided a lively presence alongside Kane up front with his darting runs in and around the striker. Denied a goal through Bellerin’s last minute challenge in the second half.
19/22 Victor Wanyama - 7
Continues to show what a clever acquisition he was this summer. Strong in the tackle and equally as composed on the ball against a top Arsenal midfield.
20/22 Moussa Dembélé - 8
Did exceptionally well to draw in Koscielny challenge to win the penalty with one of his typical mazy runs. Combined well with Wanyama in midfield.
21/22 Christian Eriksen - 7
Came close twice in the second half with well struck volley and free-kick off the post. Such a vital player for Spurs this season.
22/22 Harry Kane - 6
Did what Harry Kane does best. Score goals. Another important strike on his return and he showed just what Spurs have missed. A genuine goal scorer in the box.
That said, Arsenal need to secure the futures of Sanchez and Özil sooner rather than later, as if they reach the end of the season with new deals agreed, the pair will suddenly hold the pulling power in trying to force a move away from the club. Arsenal have already seen how a player with 12 months remaining on their contract can get their way in the transfer window, with the Gunners deciding to sell Robin van Persie four years ago rather than risk losing him on a free transfer the following year.
The pair are not the only ones facing uncertain futures at the Emirates. Both Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker are out of contract this season, although the club appear to be much more relaxed on their current situations and have prioritised Özil and Sanchez as a result.Reuse content