The arrival of Shkodran Mustafi finally solves Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger’s defensive crisis and the addition of Lucas Perez adds further attacking options to an already stacked roster.
Meanwhile, news emerged in recent days suggesting that both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been stalling over contract extension talks with the club, with both demanding that release clauses be added to their contracts.
Now, however, Wenger may be finally set for some positive news with regard to Ozil, as the Germany international has revealed to news outlet Der Westen that it was always his dream to play for Arsenal.
“I definitely have a special relationship with Arsenal.”
And in reference to the earlier part of his career when playing for Schalke, Ozil said:
“At the time, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp played there, as well as the German keeper Jens Lehmann a bit later.
“They were always very, very good in terms of playing. I have always thought that [Arsenal] was a great team, that I would very much like to play for.
“Haha, I’ve achieved my goal then, haven’t I?”
Whether this means that the 27-year-old is still happy at the Emirates and wishes to stay or, if he has now set new goals elsewhere, remains to be seen.
Arsene Wenger has already admitted that convincing the German, who has only two more years remaining on his contract, to commit his future to the club is one of his priorities.
According to German outlet Bild, the 27-year-old has been offered a new £200,000-a-week deal to become the highest-paid player in the Gunners’ history.
However, his affection for the club is clear from his comments and fans will be hoping that this is an indication of his desire to stay on past his current deal, which expires in two years.
With his desire for success clear, much will now depend on Arsenal’s Premier League form this term. It seems that both Ozil’s and Sanchez’s futures at the club may now be directly linked to it.