Arsenal’s most important deal with summer – a new Ozil contract

A second-placed finish in the Premier League looks like half-decent result to an outsider, but the truth of the matter is that Arsenal never really looked like winning the Premier League in 2015-16.

It is more a case of Tottenham’s ineptitude than the Gunners’ greatness that a runners-up berth was claimed, while Leicester were head and shoulders above the North London team last term despite Arsenal having the upper hand in their head to head games.

With a windfall of over £100 million from television money alone in 2015-16, the first time an English club has made such an amount, the funding is there for Arsenal to go one step better and win the league next season.

The signing of Granit Xhaka has been confirmed, filling the void in one of our problem positions – if a new centre-half and centre forward can also be added, there is every chance the title could be on its way to the Emirates Stadium this time next year.

However, the most important deal that Arsene Wenger must complete this summer is keeping one of the club’s critical players in North London.

Mesut Ozil was rightly named Arsenal’s Player of the Year and the German playmaker continues to be the beating heart of the team’s play in the final third. With Ozil on the pitch Arsenal were never out of any game – the bookies’ favourite at http://leovegassports.com/live-betting/ had 19 Premier League assists from last season, and asserted himself in key games last season.

Rumblings in the press have stated that Ozil was firstly keen to extend his stay with the Gunners, before talk that he was stalling on a new deal appeared.

As it stands, the former Real Madrid man has not put pen-to-paper as yet. Although not signing a new deal does not mean he is leaving by any means, extending Ozil’s contract would have a world-class player commit to the club and resonate confidence to those around him.

If Arsenal are to win the title and challenge consistently for major silverware, Wenger must build his side around a player like Ozil – with the rest of the team having the challenge of raising their game to his level.

Although he has not always been at his best consistently since moving to England, Ozil has shown his true class over the last 12 months – and as such a new contract for the playmaker is essential.

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