Shortly after Arsenal confirmed the signing of their club-record transfer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, David Ornstein of the BBC - the most trusted and respected source for all things Arsenal - is reporting that the club and Mesut Özil agreed to a three-year contract extension last week worth £350,000 per week, and that the German midfielder signed at London Colney earlier this morning.
EXCLUSIVE: Mesut Ozil signs a new three-and-a-half year contract to remain at Arsenal until summer 2021. Becomes highest-paid player in club history on around £350k per week before tax. Deal agreed last weekend, signed at Colney this morning. Could take him to 8yrs at #AFC & 32yo pic.twitter.com/600XtVnbnH— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 31, 2018
[fist pumping so hard my shoulder’s out of socket]
Özil’s contract status - along with recently-departed Alexis Sanchez - was in limbo for the past year-and-a-half, and he was able to speak to clubs outside of England starting the first of this month. That there was no real substantive talk linking him elsewhere was one of the first clues that his future with the club would last longer than Alexis’s, and now seeing how this transfer window played out appears to have given him hope that the club is serious about returning to its place among the best in the country.
What a day this has become.