Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has reassured the club he wants to stay despite the uncertainty clouding his future but admitted to concerns over the possible departure of fellow contract rebel Alexis Sanchez.
Ozil is yet to commit to a new deal despite entering the final year of his current contract, although the Germany playmaker insists that it is not an indication that he wants to leave.
“It is definitely my preference to stay,” said Ozil, who joined the Gunners for £42.5m in 2013. “It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal.”
Ozil is part of the Arsenal squad currently touring Australia, where they face Sydney FC on Thursday, and he added: “Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss about the future.”
Sanchez’s future also remains unresolved with less than a year left on his contract, and Ozil conceded it would be a major blow for Arsenal to lose their top scorer.
“It would hit the team quite hard if he left because he’s a player who always delivers,” Ozil added. “It would be a setback to winning the title, but in the end it’s the player’s decision.”
Forward Olivier Giroud admits he is undecided about his Arsenal fate, following their club record £46m signing of France striker Alexandre Lacazette.
“I honestly don’t know,” said the 30-year-old, a target for Everton. “At the moment I’m still an Arsenal player so I’ll try to be professional like always and prepare well for next season.”
Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker insists the club “cannot afford to lose Ozil or Sanchez”. He added: “If we are talking about championships, then keeping our best players is key.”