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Arsenal news: Mesut Ozil makes huge claim about Gunners future | Football | Sport

The German play-maker is under contract at the Emirates Stadium until 2021 after penning a long-term extension back in January that made him the highest-paid player in Arsenal’s history on £350,000-a-week.

Ozil is into the sixth season of his career at Arsenal since joining from Real Madrid in 2013.

The 30-year-old has been widely criticised in some of the years since joining for his playing style but he was excellent in a win over Leicester at the end of last month.

World Cup winner Ozil has four goals and an assist in 11 games across all competitions this season with Unai Emery’s side 15 games unbeaten after drawing against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League last night.

And he has ambitions to stay in north London beyond his current deal, too.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Ozil said when asked about spending his entire career at Arsenal: “Why not? I am still young, I am 30.

“In football, everything is possible but I am really happy to play for a big club like Arsenal. 

“I just enjoy it and I can imagine finishing my career at Arsenal.”

Ozil has been playing regular football since making his debut aged just 17 for Schalke in 2006 having moved to Werder Bremen, Real Madrid and then Arsenal. 

But he has designs on playing until the age of 36.

“Maybe aged 38!” he laughed when asked about when he imagines he might retire. 

“No, really, I always think if I feel well, I could go on until I am 35 or 36, I don’t know. If everything is good, we’ll see.”

Arsenal are showing impressive signs of progress under Emery, with their performance against Liverpool last weekend a marker of their development thanks to the new manager.

Ozil is confident that the club’s upward trajectory will only continue under the Spanish coach.

He said: “Of course, the first two games [defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea] were difficult for us because everything was new after [Arsene] Wenger. 

“But now you can see that we are going forward step by step. We are in a good way and want to continue that under him. 

“He is a really good coach, he wants to understand the players, the club and we want to show him on the pitch what we can do.”

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