Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has emphasized the need for German international, Mesut Ozil to become a leader in the Arsenal team following his contract extension. The former Real Madrid player ended all talk about his future after signing a new three-year extension at the Emirates Stadium, which Wenger believes he must add leadership to his undoubted quality.
The Gunners have signed the pair of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month though the trio of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez have all left the club for different reasons.
Ozil, who was visibly delighted about his new deal spoke of his love for the club being the major factor in his decision and also highlighted the influence of Wenger since his move from Madrid five years ago. Ozil is reportedly being paid around £350k-a-week at The Emirates Stadium, a figure that is the highest for any Arsenal player in history. The atmosphere at Arsenal right now is very good, as fans can’t wait for the quartet of Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and Lacazette to torment opposition defenders.
Speaking after the attacking midfielder put pen to paper, Wenger said, “Many predicted that he will not commit and not sign for us,” “When you look at the transfer market today, the fact that you can keep a player of that calibre is of course good news.
“The fact that he committed for a longer period shows as well that he will have to do that as well on the pitch and lead the team. “It means he will be the technical leader of the team. Physically he is much stronger than people think. His distances are quite good. He can run. He is not a tackler. When he is angry he can.” Wenger added.
His commitment to the Arsenal cause has been lauded as it is believed that he always wanted to stay, but was concerned about the lack of ambition the club were showing. The signings of Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang helped in part to sway his mind. Ozil could have left for free in the summer as his previous deal expired but, unlike Sanchez who was in the same position, he has stayed put and is on course to lead Arsenal to a new era.