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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

New deal makes Mesut Ozil highest-paid Arsenal player

According to BBC, 29-year-old playmaker signs three-and-a-half year contract and will earn around £350,000 a week

Mesut Ozil has signed an extension that is likely to see him stay at Arsenal until 2021. Andrew Couldridge / Reuters
Mesut Ozil has signed an extension that is likely to see him stay at Arsenal until 2021. Andrew Couldridge / Reuters

German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a big boost on Wednesday by finally agreeing a new contract which will see him become the highest-paid player in the club's history, according to the BBC.

The broadcaster reports that the 29-year-old playmaker - who has been with Arsenal since joining from Real Madrid for a then-record club fee of £42.4 million (Dh220.6) in 2013 - signed a three-and-a-half year contract and will earn around £350,000 a week.

Speculation over both Ozil and Chilean Alexis Sanchez's futures have plagued the club for almost a year, as both their contracts were up at the end of the present campaign.

However, whilst Sanchez left for Manchester United, where he has become the highest-paid player in the Premier League at a pre-tax weekly wage of £500,000, Ozil has committed himself to Arsenal until 2021.

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According to the BBC both parties reached an agreement last weekend, and Ozil signed the new contract at Arsenal’s training ground on Wednesday.

Playmaker Ozil, a key member of the Germany side that won the 2014 World Cup, has scored 36 goals in 182 appearances and provided a high number of assists.

Arsenal have had a busy Wednesday as Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed for reported club-record £56m from Borussia Dortmund, a move which is likely to prompt Olivier Giroud's departure to Chelsea.