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Arsenal "increasingly hopeful" they will reach agreement with £350,000-a-week world class midfielder

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Arsenal are increasingly hopeful they will be able to reach agreement on a new contract with Mesut Ozil according to Mirror's John Cross.

The journalist claims that the Germany international wants a new £350,000-a-week contract with the Gunners only ready to offer £280,000 per week.

Cross says that the two parties have already met and talks have been positive.

At the start of the summer, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that the former Real Madrid midfielder and striker Alexis Sanchez will not leave the club.

"This summer, first of all they [Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez] will stay at the club and hopefully we can extend their contract," Wenger said in June.

"I believe, at the moment, we're not on that front [that they will leave]. We're focused on keeping the team together and to see how we can strengthen the team.

"When you sign a contract somewhere, you commit to give your best until the end of the last day of that contract. I would say 'why should they not give their best?'

"The interest of any player is always to play football and well, even more so at the end of your contact. If you're a winner, you want to win the game you're playing."

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