Football: Ozil becomes highest-paid Arsenal player at £350k a week, says report

Mesut Ozil signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with Arsenal that will earn him £350,000 a week. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a big boost on Wednesday (Jan 31) by finally agreeing to a new contract which will see him become the highest-paid player in the club's history, according to the BBC.

The broadcaster reports that the 29-year-old playmaker - who has been with the Gunners since joining from Real Madrid for a then-record club fee of £42.4 million (S$78.7 million) in 2013 - signed a three-and-a-half year contract and will earn around £350,000 a week.

Speculation over both Ozil and Chilean Alexis Sanchez's futures have plagued the club for almost a year, as both their contracts would be up at the end of the current campaign.

However, while Sanchez left for Manchester United, where he has become the highest-paid player in the Premier League at a pre-tax weekly wage of £500,000, Ozil has committed himself to Arsenal until 2021.

According to the BBC, both parties reached an agreement last weekend, and Ozil signed the new contract at Arsenal's training ground on Wednesday.

The mercurial playmaker, a key member of the Germany side that won the 2014 World Cup, has scored 36 goals in 182 appearances and provided a high number of assists.

Arsenal have had a busy Wednesday, as Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed for reported club-record £56 million from Borussia Dortmund, a move which is likely to prompt Olivier Giroud's departure to Chelsea.

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