Before the transfer window commenced this summer, much of the focus was on whether Arsenal could keep hold of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
The dynamic duo are far and away the Gunners' best players and both have entered the final year of their contracts.
Sanchez was the one most heavily linked with an exit with Manchester City trying to get a deal done on deadline day, while interest in Ozil has been very low.
Due to this, it is expected that the German should sign a new deal, particularly as he is a known advocate of Arsene Wenger, with the French manager being the main reason he made the switch from Real Madrid in 2013.
Ozil is Arsenal's main creative force and without him, they are not the same team. He may be a regular scapegoat but there is no denying his obvious talent.
As such, you'd think the Gunners would be desperate to tie him down but it appears that is not the case.
BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein has actually revealed that Arsenal and Ozil have not entered into contract negotiations since March, yet another display of the inept management at the club.
ORNSTEIN'S BIG REVEAL
Ozil recently took to Facebook to hit back at his critics following the 4-0 loss to Liverpool.
"Personally I’ve had to accept a lot of criticism during my time in London. “Too expensive, too greedy, bad body language, and lacking fight'. This is what people have said about me," he wrote, per Telegraph.
"Some of these comments are made by those who do not know me, some are made by former players, both successful and unsuccessful during their time here at the club.
"Although criticism is something that all football players have to deal with, I nevertheless expected legends to behave like legends: my advice to these former Gunners: stop talking and start supporting!"
Solid advice. Ozil will be expected to lead the Gunners through their rough patch, starting with Bournemouth on Saturday.
Wenger's side have lost two of their opening three games and against Liverpool, they were a disaster.
However, with a forward line containing Ozil, Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette, there is hope that the north London side can rebuild their season.
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