Ozil not worth the asking wages
LONDON: Arsenal are reluctant to increase Mesut Ozil’s contract offer amid growing concerns over his commitment.
Ozil, 28, is the club’s top earner on £140,000 (RM770,000) a week but is locked in a protracted contract stand-off after refusing to sign an extension worth around £250,000 a week.
The Germany midfielder feels he deserves closer to £300,000 and talks are due to resume at the end of the season.
But there is a feeling behind the scenes at the Emirates that such a deal is not value for money. Ozil has under-performed this season, particularly in recent weeks as Arsenal’s league form dipped.
His latest poor display against Tottenham on Sunday drew criticism from supporters who have previously stuck by him. And the former Real Madrid man’s displays have not gone unnoticed by the coaching staff.
Likewise, Gunners sources have indicated that there are lingering frustrations regarding Ozil over his effort in training.
It was revealed last month how Ozil may have to backtrack on his stance because there is a lack of interest in his services given his huge wage demands. It is looking increasingly likely Arsenal will not budge on their offer, which will remain on the table.
However, they will press Ozil for a quick decision when talks recommence. If he still refuses to sign, Arsenal will look to sell him.
The Ozil situation did little for the mood after Sunday’s 2-0 derby defeat by Tottenham, which means Arsenal will finish below their north London rivals for the first time in 22 years. Daily Mail