Mesut Ozil claims it was “easy to say yes” to an Arsenal contract extension, with his sights being set on “some titles with the team”.
Intense speculation regarding the Germany international’s future lingered at Emirates Stadium throughout the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, with an expiring deal offering cause for concern.
Ozil was, however, to commit his future to the Gunners in February, with a new long-term contract ensuring that he will not be heading the same way as Alexis Sanchez.
The World Cup winner insists he never considered heading elsewhere, with the 29-year-old having unfinished business at Emirates Stadium following three FA Cup triumphs to date.
Ozil told Arsenal Player on his decision to put pen to paper: “It feels really good.
“I’m really happy to sign here for such a big club like Arsenal. I’ve always said to the club that i’m happy here and now I’ve signed, I’m really happy.
“My team-mates and family have always supported me. I have a lot of goals here with the team, I want to reach those and I’m really happy. I love the city.
“Before I signed the contract, I spoke with my family about what the best decision was for me. At the end of the day, it was really easy for me to say ‘yes’ to the club.
“I’m here for more years and I hope we will win some titles with the team. I believe in that.”
Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for a then club-record fee of £42.5 million in the summer of 2013.
He has gone on to make 189 appearances for the club, netting 37 goals and providing a steady stream of assists.
Arsene Wenger will be hoping for another key contribution from his star playmaker on Thursday when the Gunners take in the next season-defining fixture of a testing campaign, with AC Milan due in north London for the second leg of a Europa League last-16 tie which Arsenal currently lead 2-0.