Arsenal have confirmed that Mesut Ozil has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
As revealed by Goal on Wednesday, the 29-year-old has committed his future to the north London giants by signing a new three-year contract which will keep him at Emirates Stadium until 2021.
The Germany international’s deal was set to expire at the end of the season and there had been interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain, as well as big money offers from clubs in the Chinese Super League.
“We’re delighted to announce that Mesut Ozil has signed a new long-term contract with us,” the club confirmed via their official website.
“Congratulations Mesut – here’s to many more years of success.”
Writing on his official Instagram page, Ozil said: “It’s been one of the most important decisions of my footballing career and that’s why I had to think hard and talk with everyone who’s important to me…
“Good things take time! In the end I let my heart decide.”
Arsenal had already lost Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in a swap-deal involving the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan after the Chilean’s contract entered its final six months.
But manager Arsene Wenger had been adamant Ozil would not be sold in the January transfer window, with the mercurial playmaker happy with life in London as he revealed in an interview with Goal last year.
The news follows the club-record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £56million from Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day.