Mesut Özil is good. You know this, I know this, and after his performances this year it appears that even the media and opposing teams' fans have cottoned to it. It's nice to keep your good players around when possible, and to that end, Arsenal's getting ahead of the game a little bit. ESPN is reporting that Arsenal has opened contract talks with Özil, and that the team is "confident" that he will re-sign.
In the past a lot of these contract dramas were playing out in the season and even the summer before a deal would run out, but Arsenal's moving more towards a plan that involves trying to get critical players to sign new deals even earlier. Özil's deal still has the rest of this season and two more left, so getting that locked down now would prevent quite a lot of stress. Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have already signed long-term deals recently, and the club is working to get Alexis Sanchez to do the same.
Overall, great news for all of us, and even better once the deal is done.