By Reece Dixon
Arsène Wenger believes Mesut Özil’s current contract situation means the German will be more effective for Arsenal this season.
Ozil, like teammate Sanchez has entered the final year of his deal and able to leave The Emirates for free next summer.
However, Wenger has remained unfazed by the possibility of losing the playmaker for nothing and instead calculates a prosperous season for the German.
As reported by the Guardian, speaking after Arsenal’s Emirates Cup triumph, the boss said he is happy for Özil to be in the final year of his contract:“I think in the future, you will see it more and more. Why? Because the transfers are so high [in financial terms], even for normal players. You will see more and more players going into the final year of the contract because no club will want to pay the amount demanded. I’m convinced, in the next 10 years, it will become usual.”
The boss also believes the contract standoff with Özil will work in Arsenal’s favour as the midfielder now has to perform if he wants to attract potential suitors.
“I think it’s an ideal situation. Why? Because everyone has to perform. When you’re a football player, you perform until the last day of your contract. Whether you have two or one year left, it doesn’t change. You want to play and do well.”
Like Ozil, Alexis Sanchez has entered the final year with the Gunners. Wenger has reaffirmed his intention to maintain the talisman despite the interest from a number of clubs this summer.
Gooners, what do you make of Wenger’s comments? Is it smart or unwise to allow contracts to run down? Let us know in the comments…