Report: Aubemayang signing leads Ozil to sign Arsenal extension

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Mesut Ozil has apparently seen Arsenal’s statement of intent to contend for league and European titles in the future.

German mega-publication BILD reported late Tuesday evening that the $78.5 million transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang to Arsenal has convinced Ozil to sign a new contract with the London club. Like his now-former teammate Alexis Sanchez, Ozil is entering the final five months of his contract and could have been on his way out on a free transfer this summer.

But instead, it appears Arsenal’s playmaking maestro will stay around at the Emirates.

The 29-year-old has been stellar this year in attacking midfield despite missing some time this season due to knee issues. Through 20 Premier League appearances, he’s scored four times and assisted on seven goals.

Keeping Ozil is of utmost importance to Arsenal. Despite Arsenal’s dire need for a top class centerback and holding midfielder, without the vision of Ozil, the Gunners would really struggle to create scoring opportunities.