Ozil signs new contract with Arsenal until 2021


Midfielder Jack Wilshere is also facing a late fitness test at training today after missing the disappointing 3-1 defeat to Swansea on Tuesday night due to sickness.

But Aubameyang is struggling to be fit as he recovers from illness.

This season only Kevin De Bruyne and Cesc Fabregas have made more chances than Ozil in the Premier League, with the German having created 60 so far. I will see with the medical department. His all-round play may not be what it needed to be at Arsenal, but his end product has always been fantastic and he'll look to put a dent in his former club's top four hopes with a few more Emirates goals this weekend. He is a team player'.

Mkhitaryan was used as leverage in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez with Manchester United while Aubameyang was signed for £57m on deadline day.

The Alexis's deal that had proven hard to handle over the past few months became a win-win for both parties involved and you might find it hard to agree with me, but I believe the North London club had the better part of the deal between Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexis (as the former is a true Arsenal fan and wants to play for us). Will I do it?

"When I think of City looking for a new striker, going in for Sanchez, you think of Chelsea and Giroud, you think of United signing Sanchez but never being in for Aubameyang or Klopp who signed him for Dortmund".

"He has committed his future to the club", said Wenger.

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"We expect from him that he becomes the lead and takes responsibility to lead the team to success".

Asked if he regretted not signing a defender, the Frenchman conceded: "Yes, because our defensive numbers are not good enough".

"On top of that we have to pay a transfer".

"We are an offensive team and I hope they can re-create that ideal understanding they had at Dortmund".

And he admits that there could be occasions when all four players are used together.

"It is not a lack of effort, but a lack of focus in vital moments of games, sometimes we do it well, sometimes not".

Auba and Mkhitaryan were key components in Dortmund's game plan which involved pressing to win possession then breaking with deadly pace and penetration.