Arsene Wenger does not believe his own future will determine whether Mesut Ozil will stay at the club beyond the 18 months remaining on his current deal.
In a Kicker Magazine interview earlier in the week, the German playmaker praised Wenger for his continued support and said that his future could depend on the Frenchman’s own contract negotiations.
The Frenchman’s contract as Gunners boss expires at the end of the season but there has been little talk about an extension to the current deal.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference for the game against Swansea City tomorrow, Wenger said he feels the main part of Ozil’s decision to stay will be made on other matters. He is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying:
‘I think he has been a bit misinterpreted. I don’t think that is the main part of his decision. We always speak, I speak more with his agent on the contract than with him.’
Despite intense speculation surrounding Ozil and, in particular, Alexi Sanchez’s contract talks, Wenger says he is feeling quite relaxed about the entire situation. He thinks 18 months is ample time for negotiations to take place:
‘Let’s not forget all these players have 18 months to go, that is a long time in football. I’m very relaxed.’