Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has extended his stay at the Emirates stadium after signing a contract extension that ties him to the Gunners for three more years.
The deal comes on the day Arsenal broke their transfer record to sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund and follows the departure of forward Alexis Sanchez, who joined Manchester United despite lengthy contract negotiations with the Gunners.
By signing the deal Ozil, 29, will be erasing months of uncertainty that shrouded him which also makes him the club’s highest paid player on £350,000 a week before tax and represents a massive statement of intent from both him and them.
His previous deal had been set to expire by the end of the coming summer, which would have allowed the German international to leave as a free agent by then.
The player was also allowed to discuss a move with foreign clubs since 1 January.
Ozil has made 21 appearances for Arsenal this season, scoring four goals and recording six assists, and his new deal commits him to the Premier League club until he is 32.
He won three FA Cups in his three-and-a-half-year spell at the Emirates — with no other player recording more assists or created more chances in the Premier League since his debut in September 2013.
Meanwhile, Arsenal saw the departure of another player in Olivier Giroud, completed a £18m move to Chelsea and signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge. In turn, the Gunner’s London rivals allowed Michy Batshuayi to join Aubameyang’s former club Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season.