Ozil coup 'gets Arsene Wenger a new £7.5m-a-year contract'
Deft handling of Ozil deal persuades club to keep him on and give him another £40m to spend in January
ARSENAL look set to reopen contract negotiations with manager Arsene Wenger after his impressive transfer deadline day signing of Mesut Ozil.
Wenger's current contract is due to expire at the end of the season. Previous talks about a new deal were put on hold amid the anxiety over a lack of summer signings.
But after the impressive deadline day deal struck with Real Madrid for Germany international Mesut Ozil, the north London club could offer Wenger a new two-year deal worth up to £15 million, The Sun reports.
Wenger, who turns 64 next month, has indicated that he would be open to staying at Arsenal beyond his current deal, but has always insisted that negotiations would take place behind closed doors.
Not only is Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis ready to pay him £7.5m a season, says the Sun, he's also happy to hand him another £40m to spend in the January transfer window.
The Daily Mirror says it was Wenger's personal approach in signing Ozil that proved to the board that he deserves to be offered a new contract.
Ozil made it clear over the weekend that it was the long phone conversation with the Frenchman that persuaded him that Arsenal was the right club to move to over other interested parties, The Guardian reports.
"I thought: 'What he is telling me is what I have missed at Real: transparency, trust, respect," said Ozil. "He told me exactly how he sees me [as a player], how he wants to use me, what he expects from me and what he hopes I will contribute."
Arsenal fans could get their first glimpse of the £42.5m man this Saturday when the Gunners run out against Sunderland at The Stadium of Light. ·