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“Still a lot to aim for!” Ozil insists Arsenal must forget problems to win silverware

Date Posted,April 12, 2017

Mesut Ozil has insisted Arsenal’s players must forget their own problems to ensure the club finishes the season strongly.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is under mounting pressure while Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are locked in contract stalemates with their Arsenal futures uncertain.

But Wenger is facing a growing crisis with Arsenal facing missing out on a place in the top four for the first time in the Frenchman’s 21 year reign.

Ozil wants to ease the pressure on under-fire boss Wenger (Photo: Getty)

Ozil, in an interview with Sky Sports, said: “At this stage I’m not important, what’s important is the club. We’ve still got a lot to aim for this season, to try and finish in the top four and the FA Cup.

“I think at the moment it would be wrong to think about anything other than the football and then we can talk again at the end of the season.”

Ozil has been offered £280,000-a-week and only has 15 months left on his current deal, but with few options elsewhere could end up staying.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez looks dejected
Sanchez has been offered a new deal to stay at the Gunners (Photo: REUTERS)

Sanchez has also been offered in excess of £250,000-a-week and Wenger is confident he will sign, insisting last week that it was now down to reaching a financial agreement with his representatives.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain are all circling but Sanchez likes London and is ready to give it one more year before deciding on his long term future as he wants to know whether Arsenal are determined to rebuild.

Wenger is under pressure to overhaul the squad and his own backroom staff if he signs a new two year contract which remains on the table.

Ozil is refusing to be drawn over the managerial situation at the Gunners (Photo: Clive Rose)

Ozil says Wenger was a major factor in why he joined Arsenal four years ago but says it is not up to the players who is manager in the future.

“As players we cannot decide who manages the club,” said Ozil. “I’ve always said he was the most important reason in me coming here, he has been here for 20 years and deserves respect.”

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