Wenger admits Arsenal face a battle to hang on to Mesut Ozil

Can Arsenal afford to keep Ozil?
Can Arsenal afford to keep Ozil?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had admitted his club are struggling to come up with a financial package that will allow them to keep their German midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Ozil and his advisers have been in contract talks with the Gunners for several months, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2018. 

Yet Wenger has conceded that his club are struggling to match the financial demands of the German, who is believed to be asked for a package in excess of £200,000-per-week.

“I don’t think he needs convincing. He wants to stay here, but if you have a good bank, call me," stated Wenger.

“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 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 will come as a concern to Arsenal supporters, who will argue that the huge cash surplus in the club's bank account could be used to keep a player of Ozil's calibre at the club.

A stand-off over Ozil's contract may have a knock-on effect on the future of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who is also believed to be demanding a new deal topping the £200,000-per-week mark.