Mesut Ozil has raised fresh doubts over his future at Arsenal, stating that he will think about extending his contract only after the European Championships in July. The midfielder has only two years left on his contract and is waiting to see how things pan out in the summer before committing his future.
The German had a breakthrough season in 2015/16 when he picked up 19 assists, just one shy of Thierry Henry's record of most assists in a league campaign. However, the Gunners failed to capitalise on his brilliant form and fell off in the second half of the season and ended the season in the second spot, their highest ever league finish since 2005.
The management now has to convince Ozil that staying at the Emirates is the way forward, but his recent comments suggest that it will happen only after he is back from international duty in France.
"I still have two years contract with Arsenal, as you know, and we will be in talks with the club and we'll see what happens in the future. But as I said, now I'm concentrating on Euro 2016 in France, which is very important for me and my team after the last World Cup. Then later on, I will see what I do with Arsenal," Ozil said, as quoted by the National.
However, there is growing belief among fans that the Gunners should have done better, especially since Leicester City went on an unlikely run to win the league. Ozil sided with the fans in this regard and stated that the Gunners broke down following their 2-0 loss to Barcelona at the Emirates and failed to pick themselves up, dropping important points to smaller teams like Swansea City following the debacle.
"We dropped a lot of points which we shouldn't have dropped against smaller teams and that was the point in the season where we were just not strong enough as a team to take a one point sometimes and go ahead," Ozil added..
"Especially after the Barcelona game, we lost points. That was the time in the team where we weren't good enough to take the points and go."