Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said that Mesut Ozil’s recent turn-around in form is designed to attract suitors ahead of the transfer window which will open again in few days.
The German star will be out of contract with Arsenal by the end of the season and thus will be allowed to agree on terms and pre-contract with overseas clubs from next month.
Ozil, who is been targeted by Barcelona, Manchester United, and Inter Milan has stepped up his play significantly and Wright thinks that his run of form will have done nothing but persuade his suitors to be more persistent on making a move either by securing him on a free in the summer or for a cut-down fee in January.
While speaking with the Media after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle, where the former Real Madrid playmaker scored an outstanding volley which ended up been the only goal of the match, Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger said the club record signing before bringing on Alexandre Lacazette last summer is playing his best football since joining Arsenal in 2013. However, Wright fears he is not doing that for the club’s benefit.
“Mesut Ozil is finally becoming the player everybody hoped he would be from day one at Arsenal,” Wright wrote in the Sun.
“Sure, it’s great to see at the moment but it also makes me feel that there is only one reason for it — he is gearing up to leave.
“It is no coincidence that Ozil turns it on just as January is looming in the final year of his deal when he becomes free to talk to other clubs
“I hope I’m wrong but I fear I’m right, right, right. Given the timing of his sudden improvement, I would be stunned if Ozil signs a new deal and stays at Arsenal.”
Although Wenger has regularly reiterated that he expects Ozil to sign a contract extension, as he told Standard Sport again after the victory over Rafael Benitez’ Newcastle that the stylish German does not need “to be convinced”, Wright expects otherwise.