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Ozil set for an Arsenal departure?

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has insisted that his future at the club does NOT depend on the future of manager Arsene Wenger.

The German World Cup winner has just over 12 months left on his current deal and is yet to decide on a new contract.

Now however, the German has come out and said his future in North London is not dependent on Wenger.

It is understood that Ozil has been offered a new deal potentially worth a massive £280,000-a-week.

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However, he is yet to commit to the club, at a time when Wenger’s own position is coming under increasing pressure from supporters, with his own contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign

Some fans marched against the Frenchman ahead of the 5-0 win over Lincoln on Saturday, which booked an FA Cup semi-final place.

Arsenal’s midweek opponents Bayern Munich, are keen on taking World Cup winner Ozil, 28, back to Germany and have already begun the charm offensive ahead of a potential summer move.

Ozil, who admits he harbours a desire to win the Champions League, says he is yet to decide on his future.

“Everything is open. We had talks with Arsenal. Right now I concentrate on the current season,” Ozil told BILD.

“Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons I joined Arsenal. But I know that sometimes things go very fast in football and that you can never plan something. Therefore it would be wrong to say that my future depends on my coach.”

In a more positive comment from Ozil though, the playmaker did admit that whilst his main hope in his career is to win the Champions League, he went on to say that his preference was to be able to do that with Arsenal.

It was an interesting interview from Ozil who has maintained in the past that if Arsene Wenger wasn’t in charge then his Arsenal future would be brought into question.

This only further highlights a possible division within the Arsenal camp, in a week that it was released that star man Alexis Sanchez has fallen out with some of his Arsenal teammates.

Since arriving from Real Madrid in 2013, Ozil has made close to nearly 200 appearances for the Gunners, with a standout season in the 2015/16 season.

Many Arsenal fans this season have been less than overwhelmed with Ozil’s performances so far this season, leaving many supporters wondering if he is even worth the money that the club are offering him.

Further into his interview with BILD and asked about Arsenal’s Champions League exit mid-week, which came after a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich, Ozil said the difference between the two teams was “very clear” this season.

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The German international has enjoyed a successful career – winning the 2014 World Cup, one DFB Pokal, one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey and two FA Cups – but said he remains determined to add the Champions League to his list of successes and hopes it is with Arsenal.

“As a sportsman, you are never satisfied,” he said when asked if he was happy with the trophies he has won. “You need this motivation. I would very much like to win the Champions League one day, ideally with Arsenal. I still have a year left on my contract here.”

With only a couple of months remaining in the season, it is still unclear and unsettling times in North London with Arsene Wenger, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still all to make decisions on their future.

Having been knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 for the 7th season in a row and having arguably been out of the title race since before Christmas, with only an FA Cup trophy and top four left to play for this season, it will be interesting to see how things develop at the Emirates.

Written by Jack Flannigan