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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Mesut Ozil was forced to sign a new contract because Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez.
Ozil and Sanchez’s contract was due to expire in the summer and while the former signed a new deal, the latter moved to Old Trafford.
However, unlike Sanchez, Ozil didn’t have many clubs chasing him and Wright believes the Chilean’s exit allowed Arsenal to offer the German the wages he wanted.
“At the end of the day I was very surprised that he signed,” Wright said on BBC Radio 5 Live, as quoted by the Express.
“On a free I think he would be worth it in a team like that (Man City)
“The fact is there wasn’t enough takers, maybe he realised that after the fact that Sanchez has gone.
“So then what happens is Arsenal couldn’t afford to lose both of them.
“So he finds himself in a position where he signs this massive contract.”
Sanchez move to United was a straight swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move down here.
Ozil went on to pen a new three-and-a-half year contract with Arsenal, becoming the club’s highest paid player ever.
Gooners were elated when the German eventually signed a new contract. Many of us didn’t want the club to lose its two best players and Sanchez’s exit only strengthened our desire to see Ozil stay.
Although Wright does have a point, not many of us care about why and how he stayed.