Ozil not worth the ask­ing wages

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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