Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has revealed the criteria that will decide whether playmaker Mesut Ozil will stay at the club beyond this summer.
According to him, new Mikel Arteta will have a discussion with Mesut Ozil in the summer and the outcome will determine whether or not the German will see out the final year of his contract at Arsenal.
It was revealed that Mikel Arteta will weigh up the defensive capability Ozil adds to the team before making his decision this summer.
Nigel Winterburn spoke to gentingbet about Mikel Arteta and Mesut Ozil.
Ozil has been at Arsenal since the summer of 2013 following his big money move from Real Madrid in the Spanish top flight.
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Arsenal paid around £42m for Mesut Ozil and it was their club-record as at then. That record has since been broken three times.
The arrival of Ozil ushered in a new era at Arsenal under legendary manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners had gone eight years without any form of trophy but that ended with the presence of Ozil that season as the North London club went on to win the 2014 FA Cup title after their come from behind win over Hull City in the final.
Mesut Ozil has been the main man at Arsenal throughout his career at the club until the start of last season when Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as the Gunners boss. The German World Cup winner struggled to get along with Unai Emery and that saw him play a small role under the Spanish manager.
Ozil was dropped from the Arsenal squad for several games under Unai Emery but that situation has changed for the better under Mikel Arteta within two months of his appointment.
He scored his first goal of this season in the league win over Newcastle United last weekend.