Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil says his own future with the club is not directly linked with whether or not manager Arsene Wenger extends his own deal.
Ozil will enter the final year of his deal with the Gunners at the end of the season, while Wenger falls out of contract this summer and is yet to confirm if he will remain at the club.
The Germany international has previously indicated a decision on whether or not he will extend his deal with Arsenal will be influenced by Wenger’s next move, but Ozil has now stressed that is not the only factor he will take into consideration.
“It [my future] does not only depend on the manager,” Ozil told Goal.
“Of course he was the one who convinced me to join Arsenal [from Real Madrid in 2013] and he was a main factor for me to come here. “He is a very experienced coach who made Arsenal one of the best clubs in the world.
You must have respect for him, because he is a great manager.
But I do not decide whether the manager stays or not. What’s important for me is that we develop as a team and reach our goals.”
Arsenal face Manchester United on Sunday at the Emirates in a must-win clash if they are to keep their top four hopes alive.
The Gunners are 2.00 to secure a win and 8.50 to finish in the top four, while Wenger’s men are 2.20 to win the FA Cup outright ahead of their final showdown with Chelsea later this month.