Mesut Ozil may still be looking for his first assist of the season with Arsenal but his performances alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott have never been better.
While not providing the killer passes that were so common in the last campaign, the German playmaker is pulling all kinds of strings in the final third of the pitch and is looking more dangerous in front of goal, scoring twice thus far.
Needless to say, Ozil's form is going to be key if Arsenal are to mount a challenge for the Premier League title. There seems to be no direct replacement for him in world football, let alone in Arsene Wenger's squad, so keeping him fit will be a matter of priority for the Gunners.
More so than keeping him fit, however, will be tying him down to a new contract. His current deal is set to expire at the end of next season and talks over a renewal have dragged on longer than anyone would have liked.
But there is good news on the horizon. German newspaper Bild claims an agreement on a new £200,000-a-week contract is in the offing, which would see Ozil's future tied down until the end of the decade. It could be announced before his 28th birthday on October 15.
Return to Real?
The same report makes other not so encouraging claims, however, with one in particular standing out. Towards the bottom of the article, it suggests that Ozil's dream is to seal a return to Real Madrid, the club he left to sign for Arsenal in 2013.
It is widely believed that the German was forced out of the Bernabeu in order to pave the way for Gareth Bale to come in the other direction. After all, few players actually want to leave a club like Los Blancos where the trophies role in on a seemingly unstoppable tide.
And it appears Ozil has been trying to fight his way back to the Spanish capital ever since and is still keeping an open mind to the idea of returning. He is thought to share a good relationship with Zinedine Zidane, making the move that little bit more viable.
There seems to be an acceptance from the man himself that this is only a dream and he is more than happy to remain in London, where he has settled well. That is, of course, so long as Arsenal meet his demands.
For one, he has reportedly requested the No.10 shirt, currently unoccupied but indirectly owned by Jack Wilshere, who is on loan at Bournemouth this season.
Secondly, he wants reassurances that Wenger will continue to invest in the squad to turn them into genuine title contenders. Arsenal spent big on Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi (both £35m) in the summer but Ozil wants to know that kind of investment will become a regular thing.
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