Wenger coy on Arsenal future
The German international was signed for a club record fee of £42 million from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.
Wenger says he’ll put pen to paper only if the club and its fans feel he is worthy of a new contract based on the results of this season. He also said that will depend hugely on the former Werder Bremen star’s performances.
“We are in no hurry. We are in September and my contract finishes in June. There’s a long way to go. There’s no need to plan talks,” said the veteran French boss.
“In the end I will sit down and think: ‘How well have I done with the team I have had?’ That has to be sufficient for me to decide yes or no.”
The 63-year-old expressed his surprise at the nature of the Ozil deal but insisted the Gunners were intent on sending out a strong message during the transfer window.
It comes as a huge relief for a club whose fans were getting frustrated with the number of big names leaving the club without any significant replacement and the trophyless last eight years.
“The best thing is to spend the money in a very efficient way that means you strengthen the team and spend the money you can afford. I’m confident with Ozil we have done that,” Wenger added.
It has to be noted that fans voiced out their displeasure at the current longest-serving Premier League manager being offered a new contract shortly before the Ozil deal happened.
There were suggestions the club could use the funds involved in the new contract to make marquee signings, something that did not happen till the eleventh hour on deadline day.