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Arsene Wenger confirms Mesut Ozil contract talks have slowed down

Ozil has reiterated his happiness in North-London on a number of occasions, unlike fellow contract rebel Alexis Sanchez, but the latest reports claim he wants to move on at the end of his contract next summer.

But Wenger denied the length of time since contract negotiations were discussed with Ozil and is optimistic a compromise will be met. He said, "the contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31, because we need a little breather and to focus on the competition".

On whether Ozil will put pen to paper on a new deal, the Arsenal manager said: 'Of course [I am hopeful].

'But we will slowly get back into that'.

The attacking midfielder has won three FA Cups since moving to Arsenal from the Spanish capital, but the Gunners have not truly been a serious Premier League title challenger during any period that Ozil has been with the club.

"He needs a little burst to get away from people because he can move the game forward and, if you can move the game forward, you need your legs to get you out of pressure".

Ozil has come in for criticism this season, being branded a "liability" in the 1-0 defeat to Stoke back in August by BT Sport analyst Steven Gerrard, per James Dutton of the MailOnline. "He enjoys being back and competing for his place and what I see in training is positive".



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