Mesut Ozil wants to spend rest of his career at Arsenal after upturn in form under Unai EmeryNovember 9, 2018
MESUT OZIL has declared he could end his career at Arsenal – and could carry on playing until the age of 38.
The World Cup winner has impressed this season under Unai Emery, flourishing under the Spaniard with the Gunners chasing a top four place.
Ozil – who committed his future to the club in January to extend his stay until 2021 – has netted four times in 14 games in all competitions this season.
And speaking to the Evening Standard, the former Germany international insisted he is open to the idea of hanging up his boots at the North London side.
The ex-Real Madrid playmaker said: “Why not? I am still young, I am 30.
Ozil joined from Los Blancos in 2013 for a then club-record fee of £42.5million, and has helped the club win three FA Cups during more than 200 appearances.
And he has revealed he could play well into his late 30s, adding: “Maybe aged 38.
“No, really, I always think if I feel well, I could go on until I am 35 or 36, I don’t know. If everything is good, we’ll see.”
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The club are currently on a 14-game unbeaten run, and will seal their place in the qualifying stages of the Europa League should they beat Sporting Lisbon tonight.
Ozil was full of praise for Emery, insisting Arsenal are continuing to improve since he replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer.
He said: “Of course, the first two games were difficult for us [they suffered defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea] because everything was new after Wenger.
“But now you can see that we are going forward step by step.
“We are in a good way and want to continue that under him. He is a really good coach, he wants to understand the players, the club and we want to show him on the pitch what we can do.”
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