Mesut Ozil 'open' to Arsenal deal, future doesn't depend on Wenger
Mesut Ozil has told Bild am Sonntag he is open to a new contract with Arsenal, even if manager Arsene Wenger departs at the end of the season.
It has been reported that Ozil, who has 18 months left on his Arsenal deal, is waiting for a resolution on Wenger's future before deciding his own.
But the 28-year-old has said winning trophies is a large part of his motivation and that he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision.
Asked about his future, he said: "Everything is still open. There have been talks with Arsenal but at the moment, I'm concentrating on the current season, just like the officials at Arsenal."
Asked about Arsenal's Champions League exit, which came after a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich, Ozil said the difference between the two teams was "very clear" this season.
The Germany international has enjoyed a successful career -- winning the 2014 World Cup, one DFB Pokal, one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey and two FA Cups -- but said he remains determined to add the Champions League to his list of successes and hopes it is with Arsenal.
"As a sportsman, you are never satisfied," he said when asked if he was happy with the trophies he has won. "You need this motivation. I would very much like to win the Champions League one day, ideally with Arsenal. I still have a year left on my contract here."
He added: "I have always said I'm very happy at Arsenal. Everything fits here -- the club, the fans and the city. Arsene Wenger was also one of the main reasons why I joined Arsenal.
"However, I also know that in football everything moves very quickly and a lot differently to what you had planned. Therefore, it would be wrong to say that my future is dependent on the coach."
Ozil has bought a house in London and the former Schalke, Werder Bremen and Real Madrid star said he is enjoying life in the English capital.
"I'm very much at home in London," he said. "It's an unbelievably interesting place. Whatever I want to do with my friends and family, I can do it in London. I can imagine living here when I end my playing career -- maybe part in London, part in Germany."
ESPN FC Bayern Munich correspondent Mark Lovell contributed to this report. You can follow him on Twitter here: @LovellLowdown.
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