Arsenal completed an excellent transfer deadline day by tying down Mesut Ozil to a new long-term contract with the club.
After a year of uncertainty, Ozil, 29, committed his future to the club by signing a new three-year contract which will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2021.
The Germany playmaker’s deal was set to expire at the end of the season and there had been interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain, as well as big money offers from clubs in the Chinese Super League.
But Arsene Wenger can now count on his creator-in-chief to power their charge to return to the summit of the English game.
“We’re delighted to announce that Mesut Ozil has signed a new long-term contract with us,” the club confirmed via their official website.
“Congratulations Mesut – here’s to many more years of success.”
Ozil took to his official Instagram page to celebrate the good news.
“It’s been one of the most important decisions of my footballing career and that’s why I had to think hard and talk with everyone who’s important to me…
“Good things take time! In the end I let my heart decide.”
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2018
Arsenal had already lost Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in a swap-deal involving the arrival of Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan after the Chilean’s contract entered its final six months.
But Wenger had been adamant Ozil would not be sold in the January transfer window, with the mercurial playmaker reportedly happy with life in London.
Ozil’s contract extension follows the club-record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £56million from Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day to boost their chances of a top four finish this season.