Bild reporter claims Mesut Ozil has signed a "new mega contract" at Arsenal

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Saturday's 3-0 victory over Chelsea ranked as one of Mesut Ozil's finest in an Arsenal shirt.

In an almost identical performance to last season's win against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium, the German dictated play from start to finish and was rewarded with a goal.

From Laurent Koscielny's pass in his own half, Ozil turned N'Golo Kante with ease before playing Alexis Sanchez in behind Chelsea's defence.


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But whereas the Ozil of old would have stopped there, the 27-year-old continued his run to the back post where he volleyed home Sanchez's tantalising cross.

His display was yet another reminder of how important he is to Arsenal, let alone how he has fully justified his £42.5 million move in 2013.

Arsene Wenger, understandably, was desperate to tie the Germany international down to a new deal, with his current contract due to expire in 2018.

And according to Sport Bild reporter Henning Feindt (see below), Ozil has now signed a "new mega contract" that will see him stay at the Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future.

What's more is Ozil has also been told he can have the prized No.10 shirt, currently occupied by Bournemouth loanee Jack Wilshere.

However, he will have to wait until next year to don his new number due to regulations that prevent changes from being made mid-season.

Ozil clearly isn't worried about stepping on Wilshere's toes after saying earlier this month that he "definitely" wants the No.10.

He told German newspaper Express: "It just went free and I definitely want it.

"I'd wanted the number for years but so did Lukas Podolski. And he got to keep it because he had more caps than I did. Now I've pounced.

"The number fits me and my position: playmaker.

"It's my favourite number. Football legends like Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona and Pele wore that number on their backs. I'm really very happy to have it."

It would seem any fears about Ozil leaving have well and truly been extinguished.

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