The international break is over and focus is back squarely on club football.
Arsenal play Watford this weekend, however the protracted contract stalemate of Arsenal key players, notably Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez looms large over the club, and no passing day without a new development or comments by one of the parties to the various negotiations.
Here we provide the very latest info around the web on what is being said about who in Arsenal.
AGENT PROVIDES UPDATE ON OZIL FUTURE:
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is in the last year of his current contract at Arsenal, negotiation has stalled since he refused a new offer of £250k per week from Arsenal in the summer.
We reported yesterday that Ozil may be planning a humiliating U-TURN and accept a new contract at Arsenal as no club is prepared to meet his £330k a week wage demand.
MESUT OZIL representative Dr Erkut Sogut told Turkish media outlet Fanatik that his player still desire to remain in England for at least 2 years and there is ongoing positive contact with Arsenal.
“Ozil wants to play another two to three years in the English Premier League. Our contacts with Arsenal continue and are going in a positive way.”
It remain to be seen if indeed Ozil agrees another contract at Arsenal, he recently bought a property in London, a factor that may influence his decision.
Although few clubs have been linked with the maestro, notably Besiktas, Manchester United and Inter Milan, but none of them is willing to meet his high wage demand, despite the fact that they may not have to pay a huge sign-on-fee upfront to secure his service.
ARSENE WENGER HINTS ON DUO EXIT:
Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has hinted that with Ozil and Sanchez, the club is prepared for all outcomes.
WENGER insists the duo are happy at the club but also admitted the possibilities of them moving on in the new year.
‘it’s possible’ either could move on in the new year’ Arsene Wenger on Sanchez & Ozil
Perhaps, the most remarkable statement by Wenger is the suggestion that the club and Ozil’s representatives are not any close to agreeing a deal.
“At the moment, we are not close enough to announce anything.” Arsene Wenger on Ozil.
JACK WILSHERE EYEING A REGULAR PLAYING TIME AWAY FROM ARSENAL:
England heads to the world cup in Russia next year and Arsenal midfielder English man Jack Wilshere is hoping to reignite his national team career.
A prospect that is difficult to achieve with a bit part role in the Arsenal squad.
The player is now being reported to be open to a move away from Arsenal in January to secure a regular playing time to revive his career and improve his chances of going to the World Cup.
Wilshere was on loan to Bournemouth last season and was near to exiting the club this past summer, but a decision to stay at the club has not paid off so far.
Wilshere is yet to start a Premier League game this season but has featured in two Europa League matches and EFL cup.
As reported here before, all these exit talks support our earlier reports that Arsenal is preparing for a January clear out that may include Theo Walcott, now Wilshere and both Ozil and Sanchez.
We are certain to keep a very keen eyes on these movements and bring them to you as soon as they break.