Arsenal star Hector Bellerin believes he knows why the Gunner’s star signed a new deal with the club and it’s not down to just money.
Mesut Ozil has always been a delightful mix of constant criticism and incredible praise from both the Arsenal fan base and critics alike, ever since his move from Real Madrid. However, with the German in his final year of his contract, both the rumors and the criticism have doubled, with many doubting the 29-year-old’s dedication to the Gunners.
However, despite that Mesut Ozil had less than a year to run on his current deal and thus can discuss a pre-contract deal with clubs abroad in January. According to Matt Stanger of ESPN FC, the offer that was made to Ozil by the club was a long way short of the £350,000-a-week, the 28-year-old was looking for. In an interview manager, Arsene Wenger said “Yes, of course (I am hopeful). The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31, because we need a little breather and to focus on the competition. But we will slowly get back into that.”
But according to Arsenal star Hector Bellerin, the German’s insistent to not resign with the Emirates Stadium side wasn’t down to just money. With Arsenal bringing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and also Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal with Manchester United, it showed the 29-year old that the Gunners were improving and he signed a new deal worth £350,000-a-week for the next three and a half years.
But Bellerin, in an interview went on to say, “Everyone in the training ground, everyone in the team knew he was going to stay. He is a guy that loves London, loves Arsenal and he always gets really angry when things don’t go well so you know how much it means for him to win or lose for this club. So I think everyone in the club, the dressing room was sure.
It is as exciting as a new signing. To have a player with his qualities and all he brings to the team to sign for a few more years, it is really exciting for Arsenal and for the fans.”
There are not many players around with Mesut Ozil’s vision, passing range and even attacking movement and despite the fact that he has come under stick for his defensive work, few players are as good as him going forward. However, him signing a new contract with Arsenal not only shows the clubs intentions but also at the same time Ozil’s.