A nervy summer lies ahead for Arsenal Football Club - a very nervy one indeed.
With the Premier League title now mathematically out of the question, Arsene Wenger’s men face a fight to secure Champions League football for next season.
They currently sit fourth, level on points with third-placed Manchester City and five ahead of Manchester United, who have a game in hand.
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The Gunners’ capitulation since the turn of the new year has been quite remarkable, slumping from firm title challengers to a laughing stock amongst football fans.
And following what will be another trophyless season, a number of futures are in doubt at the Emirates Stadium.
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None more so - except perhaps for Alexis Sanchez - than Mesut Ozil, who has cut a frustrated figure in recent months and become the subject of interest from a host of Europe's elite sides.
Arsenal supporters are understandably concerned whether they will lose their German magician this summer, with the 27-year-old revealing he is in no hurry to sign a new contract in north London.
Ozil recently denied claims he would leave if Wenger stays on as manager, yet there’s a sense the lack of success at the Emirates could see him seek pastures new.
Speaking to Sport-Informations-Dienst, per the Evening Standard, the Germany international said: “There’s no hurry. I have two years left on my contract.
“We’ll see how it goes at the end of the season.”
Interpreting exactly what the German means by “we’ll see how it goes” is an impossible task, yet there’s no doubting the uncertain tone in Ozil’s words.
He’s previously been linked with a return to Germany or a move to Turkey, specifically Fenerbahce, which Ozil insists he cannot rule out.
“I’m not saying that I definitely must return to the Bundesliga or spend time in Turkey,” he added. "But I’m not ruling it out either.
“Maybe I’ll finish my career in England.”
Individually, Ozil has enjoyed a fine campaign - arguably his best yet - in the Premier League, clocking 18 assists thus far and closing in on Thierry Henry’s record of 20 in one season.
However, his form has tailed off in 2016, making just three league assists and struggling to dictate the tempo of games.
Arsenal now need him to perform more than ever. Three games remain for them to secure a top-four spot, with an away clash at Manuel Pellegrini’s City in the offing.
Asked about the importance of securing Champions League football, Ozil said: "If we finish third and qualify directly for the Champions League we have at least achieved our minimum target.
“But this season it was possible to become champions. But for that we have lost too many points against small teams."
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