Giroud admits Arsenal must do everything they can to keep Ozil

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

Much of the attention at Emirates Stadium this season has focused on the contract rebels, as they continue to run down their respective deals.

Although it was said that Arsenal had previously given up any hope in holding on to the playmaker, The Sun report that there is now renewed hope that the German worldwide will sign a 3-year contract to keep him at Arsenal, before the end of this month.

It is thought he wants a huge boost on his £140,000-a-week wages, along with a hefty signing-on bonus. It is said that Arsenal are now "very, very, close" to a breakthrough.

United want to convince the Gunners to sell in January to avoid watching him go for free next summer. Ozil had joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in summer 2013, for a then-club record £42m.

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While Manchester United are thought to be keen to sign the former Real Madrid man, Arsenal would prefer to sell him overseas rather than a Premier League rival.

However, that doesn't always seem to be the case with the Premier League giants looking to sign one of their top targets in January itself rather than wait till next season and potentially lose out on the prospect.

Arsenal sit fifth in the table at present, one point behind Liverpool and 15 adrift of unbeaten leaders Manchester City. But that doesn't stop them from being occasionally economical in their signings, wishing to hold out for better deals or as with recent context, choose to sign a player for free rather than pay upfront.

With both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata struggling at Old Trafford, Ozil could be the flawless fit for the No 10 position with United chasing City at the top. It may be a wise move for all parties involved that Ozil stays put at the Emirates.

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