Mesut Ozil looks “ready to commit” to a new Arsenal contract, says Arsene Wenger, with the Gunners boss cautiously optimistic that a deal will be done.
The Germany international is yet to extend his stay at Emirates Stadium past the end of the season and will drop into the free agent pool this summer if no fresh terms are agreed.
Arsenal have already seen Alexis Sanchez head through the exits after failing to resolve his future, and the Premier League heavyweights are eager to avoid a repeat with another key figure.
Wenger believes a compromise will be reached with Ozil, with the 29-year-old playmaker having offered no indication that he is looking to move on.
Asked for an update on talks at a press conference on Friday, the French coach said: “Our intention is to keep Ozil at the club. Hopefully, we will manage to do that very soon.
“Not close enough to be optimistic but not far enough to be pessimistic.
“The vibe I get from his commitment, focus and desire, he behaves like someone who is ready to commit. After that, contract negotiations are what they are.
“We aren’t close enough to tell you yes, he will stay.”