Mesut Ozil is playing the best football of his Arsenal career following two frustrating seasons at the Emirates Stadium.
However, according to a surprise report from Spanish newspaper Marca, the German playmaker wants to leave the Gunners this summer.
They claim that Ozil does not believe Arsenal are transforming into a great team that could potentially win the Champions League title over the next few seasons. The north London outfit are keen for Ozil to extend his current contract, which expires in June 2018, but the 27-year-old is seriously considering quitting Arsene Wenger’s side at the end of the campaign.
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The report adds that Barcelona have already contacted Ozil to find out more about the former Real Madrid star’s intentions.
Barça have admired Ozil for a long time but rejected the chance to sign the left-footed maestro when he left Werder Bremen after the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
Guardiola rejected Ozil in 2010
Pep Guardiola made the decision not to sign Ozil, who subsequently completed a €15 million move to the Bernabeu, because he did not want to hinder the progression of Thiago.
Guardiola would later sign Thiago after he was appointed head coach of Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013.
Arsenal desperate to keep Ozil
It’s hard to believe that Arsenal will allow Ozil to leave the Emirates this summer, even if reports of his unhappiness are true.
The World Cup winner has arguably been the Gunners’ most important player this season - he’s scored four goals and registered 16 assists in the Premier League alone - and Wenger has built his attack around him this term.
While Arsenal might not win the Champions League, there’s a good chance they’ll finish the season as Premier League champions.
Perhaps that would convince Ozil to sign a contract extension.
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