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Mesut Ozil: it was “easy to say yes” to Arsenal contract extension

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil claims that it was “easy to say yes” to an contract extension with the club as the German international sets his sights on “some titles with the team”.

There had been intense speculation regarding his future at the Emirates throughout the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, with an expiring deal offering cause for concern.

However, the World Cup winner ended the speculation by committing his future to the Gunners in February with a new long-term contract.

The 29-year old also insisted he never considered heading elsewhere as he believes he still have unfinished business at Emirates Stadium following three FA Cup triumphs to date.

“It feels really good (to sign the contract extension,” Ozil said. “I’m really happy to sign here for such a big club like Arsenal. I’ve always said to the club that i’m happy here and now I’ve signed, I’m really happy.”

“My teammates and family have always supported me. I have a lot of goals here with the team, I want to reach those and I’m really happy. I love the city.”

“Before I signed the contract, I spoke with my family about what the best decision was for me. At the end of the day, it was really easy for me to say ‘yes’ to the club. I’m here for more years and I hope we will win some titles with the team. I believe in that.”

Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for a then club-record fee of £42.5 million in the summer of 2013, before going on to make 189 appearances for the club, netting 37 goals as well as providing a steady supply of assists.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will naturally be hoping for another key contribution from his star playmaker on Thursday when the Gunners take on AC Milan in north London for the second leg of a Europa League last-16, a tie which Arsenal currently lead 2-0.