Date: 11th April 2017 at 2:08am
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Over the weekend it was being reported that Mesut Ozil had indicated his future was tied to the future of Arsene Wenger, but with a year left on his deal following this season changes had to be made at the club so we could make a genuine attempt at the Premier League title.

Sky Sports were one of many to cover the speculation with Ozil claiming a ‘super understanding’ with Wenger and implying that his reluctance to sign a new deal was down to a lack of clarity with Wenger’s future itself.

‘It’s not just important for me but for the whole club. It’s important to know if he stays or if he goes. We need to think towards next season. He’s very important. In my career I’ve always made decisions not just because of clubs but managers, too. As a footballer, it’s important to have the manager’s trust and believe they can develop you. When I went from Madrid to Arsenal, I came for him because I told him at the time he’d be my first option. That was the case. We still have a super understanding today. I have his trust, he’s a superb coach. He’s been successful for many years, he’s been here for 20 years and has always managed to get Arsenal to reach the Champions League, making Arsenal a big club. He deserves to be shown respect.’

Having last lifted the title back in 2004, Ozil went on to say that he was convinced the group had the quality as its core to make a real title challenge but clearly there are areas that need to be strengthened.

‘I think the club know they need to strengthen but what’s most important is the manager’s opinion. He and the club will make the decision. When you look at our squad, it’s not as broad as Bayern Munich’s or Real Madrid’s. In the Champions League, that’s not enough, especially against big teams, because they have more breadth in their squad.’

Going into tonight’s clash against Crystal Palace we are seven points behind fourth placed Manchester City but we do have two games in hand on them with one on Manchester United, and Ozil went on to say that missing out on the top four this season hadn’t come into his thoughts when it came to a contract extension.

‘I haven’t thought about that. The club comes first, not Mesut Ozil or anyone. The team have the aim to reach the Champions League and I’ll fight for that. In the summer we have enough time to talk about the future and we’ll do that. I’m very happy. I have a connection with the club. I love London, it’s great to live here but I can’t say today what will happen in the future. In the summer we’ll definitely talk.’

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