Time was when Arsene Wenger sold the best of his players and was not able to keep the core of his team for a long period.
However, if Arsenal must push for the title, the club must ensure that this present team is kept.
According to reports, Mesut Ozil has revealed that he is in the want of an Arsenal deal but on the condition that Arsene Wenger remains at the Emirates.
Wenger is in the final year of his contract and he has kept everyone in the dark over his decision to or not to sign a new deal.
But Ozil insist he wants clarification from Arsenal that Wenger will be the club’s manager beyond 2018 before putting pen to paper.
‘The club knows that I am here, most of all, because of Arsene Wenger,’ Ozil told German football magazine Kicker.
‘He is the one who signed me and he is the one whose trust I have. The club also knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to do [in the future].
‘I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract.
‘The fans want me to stay and now it is just down to the club.’