Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger confirms talks with Mesut Ozil over new contract have stalled

The Germany international has again been linked with a move to Manchester United in the German press, while other European clubs have also shown an interest, but the Frenchman is refusing to give up on keeping the 28-year-old at the Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the season, who is due to see his current deal expire in North London next summer.

“Yes, of course [I am hopeful],” he told reporters. “The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31, because we need a little breather and to focus on the competition. But we will slowly get back into that.”

Ozil, absent from Arsenal’s squad to face FC Koln on Thursday night, is said to be demanding an improvement on his £140,000-a-week wages before committing to the club.

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