Arsene Wenger says he is “confident” Mesut Ozil will sign a new deal to stay at Arsenal.
Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and can talk to foreign clubs from the start of next month with a view to walking away from Arsenal for free in the summer.
Wenger has insisted the club will not cash in on the former Real Madrid man in the January transfer window and said after the win over the Magpies that he remains hopeful that Ozil can be tied down to a new deal.
“I’m confident, yes, but what does that mean? I don’t know,” he answered somewhat cryptically when asked whether Ozil will stay.
Ozil’s sublime first-half volley was enough to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win over Newcastle.
“It’s superb, he can deliver that,” Wenger said of Ozil’s volley.
“It’s important for him that he takes the risk to do what he did. Usually he is a guy who, 99 per cent of the time, in this position, he controls the ball and gives it to somebody else.
“So I’m pleased he took the gamble to finish and I’m happy as well that he scored a very important goal.”