With 19 months left to run on his current contract, Arsenal are determined to tie the 28-year-old down to a new long-term deal that will run until 2020. Talks with Özil have so far proven unsuccessful though, with the Germany international believed to be demanding a salary of between £200,000 and £240,000-a-week.
The delay in announcing a new deal has led to suggestions that he could return to Spain with real Madrid or even go back home to Germany, but The Sun reports that United are interested in signing Özil if he continues to hold out on a new deal.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said towards the start of the season that Özil is the closer to signing a new contract out of him and Alexis Sanchez, with the Chile international’s current deal also due to expire in 2018. Özil is already the highest-paid player at Arsenal as he earns £140,000-a-week, with Sanchez earning £10,000 shy of that sum.
However, it now appears that right-back Hector Bellerin will be the next player to sign a new deal with the club, having reached an agreement this week on a new six-year contract that will see him more than double his wages to over £100,000-a-week.
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.
Both Özil and Sanchez are said to be demanding in excess of £200,000 to commit to the Premier League side though, and given that Jose Mourinho worked with Özil at Real Madrid, he could well be talked into a move to Old Trafford. United still have the power to attract the world’s leading players to the club even though they do not boast Champions League football this season, as demonstrated by their additions of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer.
Mourinho has also widely praised Özil in the past, and described him as a world-beater during their time together in Madrid back in 2012. Mourinho said of Özil: “Ozil is unique — he’s the best No 10 in the world.”
The reports will cause concern among Arsenal fans who still remember the club’s ill-advised sale of striker Robin van Persie to United back in 2012. Van Persie was the Arsenal captain at the time, and went on to fire United to the Premier League title the following season, scoring the most goals in the top flight along the way.
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