Özil becomes Arsenal's highest-paid player in club history

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil controls the ball during the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo)
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil controls the ball during the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo)

German World Cup winner Mesut Özil gave Arsenal a big boost on Wednesday by finally agreeing 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 ($60 million, 48.2 million euros) in 2013 -- signed a three-and-a-half year contract and will earn around £350,000 a week.

Speculation over both Özil ​and Chilean Alexis Sanchez's futures have plagued the club for almost a year, as both their contracts were up at the end of the present campaign.

However, whilst 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, Özil has committed himself to Arsenal until 2021.

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

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.

Mercurial playmaker Özil, 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.

Özil is a third-generation Turkish-German whose ancestors came from Turkey's Zonguldak city on the Black Sea coast. He attributes his "technique and feeling for the ball" to his Turkish side.

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