Mesut Ozil followed ‘heart’ when signing new Arsenal deal
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Mesut Ozil followed ‘heart’ when signing new Arsenal deal

Mesut Ozil ended speculation over his future at Arsenal by agreeing a new three-year deal with the Premier League giants on Thursday.

football Updated: Feb 01, 2018 23:19 IST
By Ryan Benson
By Ryan Benson
Omnisport
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Mesut Ozil has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract extension with Arsenal to end the saga over his future at the club.(AFP)

Mesut Ozil says he followed his heart when pledging the next three-and-a-half years of his career to Arsenal by signing a new contract.

The Germany international had long been linked with a move away from north London, speculation going into overdrive after he entered the final year of his previous deal in July 2017.

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Manchester United and Barcelona had been touted as potential destinations for Ozil, and reports of a reunion with Jose Mourinho - his coach at Real Madrid - increased around the turn of the year.

But the 29-year-old committed his future to the Gunners on Thursday, agreeing terms which are understood to tie him to the club until the end of the 2020-21 season.

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Although media rumours often left Arsenal supporters fearing Ozil would follow a similar path to Alexis Sanchez, the former Werder Bremen player said he needed to give himself as much time as possible to think things over.

In a post on his official Instagram account, Ozil wrote: “Proud to announce: I signed dat thing.

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“Three more years with @Arsenal! It’s been one of the most important decisions of my footballing career and that’s why I had to think hard and talk with everyone who’s important to me...

“Good things take time! In the end I let my heart decide. As I always said, I feel at home here and I’m highly motivated to achieve big things in the next few years. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner!”

Confirmation of Ozil’s extension completes a positive few days for Arsenal off the field, the club having also signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee on Wednesday.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 23:19 IST