Arsenal are said to be hopeful that the signing of centre-back Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia at the end of last month will convince his German international teammate Mesut Ozil to commit his future to the club.

Ozil’s contract renewal has been dragging on for a number of months, with just two years left on his current deal, and the Gunners risk having to lose their star midfielder on the cheap next summer if they fail to tie him down to a long-term extension. The Mirror report that the £30m+ signing from La Liga could be crucial in agreeing that extension.

He and 24-year-old defender Mustafi are believed to have a good relationship – Mustafi even revealing that it was Ozil who convinced him to move to the Emirates himself this summer. He told Sky Sports in Germany: “I did not see Per for a long time because he quit international football but I talked to Mesut.

“He told me everything I wanted to know. Everything was positive, so I was convinced very fast. It did not take much.”

Ozil is thought to be concerned with the lack of top-level success being delivered by the club of late, with title challenges falling well short and Champions League campaigns frustration and failing reliably in the competition’s round of 16.

Two FA Cup triumphs in the last three seasons represent the sum total of the Gunners’ successes of late, with Ozil said to be idly considering his future at the Emirates as he weighs up the club’s contract offers.

Manager Arsene Wenger may be tempted to allow new signing Mustafi to make his pitch to Ozil for him, the defender saying last week: “I have always loved Arsenal, I like how they play here, it is not typical English. The game here is more like in Spain and with the German national team, keeping the ball on the grass, so it was easy to convince me.”


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