With Mesut Ozil’s contract at Arsenal expiring in 2018, the Gunners are understandably keen to offer the German a new deal imminently.
The playmaker is currently paid £140,000-per-week and it’s being reported that the 28-year-old wants a massive £60,000-per-week pay rise.
While the World Cup winner is demanding more money, he’s also determined to win more league titles in his career - something the club haven’t achieved since 2004.
But rather than assuring the Arsenal fans that Ozil will be remaining at the club for the foreseeable future, Arsene Wenger made a worrying joke about how the Gunners will have to break the bank in order to keep him beyond 2018.
“I don’t think he needs convincing. He wants to stay here. But if you have a good bank, call me,” he joked.
“It’s not just money. Arsenal can win titles of course. But that’s what we have to show. We are in a League where Man City, Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea everybody fights and you cannot guarantee that to anybody.
“We keep that (negotiations) discreet. At due time we will come out with that. We want to keep our best players, of course. But the more I say that, the more he is in a stronger position!”
Wenger’s comments certainly aren’t too convincing for Arsenal fans, are they?
However, Gooners will be encouraged by the way Ozil and his side have started to this campaign. Wenger’s team are level with Manchester City on top of the Premier League with the German returning to his finest form having already scored three goals in five league appearances.
But Ozil isn’t the only star player that Wenger needs to tie down to a new contract at the club. Contracts for both Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin will also expire in 2018 and the Frenchman will know only too well that he desperately needs to keep these three players at the Emirates if they want to end their long league title draught - even if it does mean they end up breaking the bank.