Mesut Özil on his Arsenal future: ‘It is definitely my preference to stay’

• Özil reveals he will hold talks once back in London after pre-season tour• Midfielder says ‘it would hit the team quite hard’ if Alexis Sánchez wentMesut Özil says that his preference would “definitely” be to sign a new contract at Arsenal. The midfielder has entered the final 12 months of his £140,000-a-week deal and, in the absence of offers from any of the European clubs who could meet his wage demands, he is set to stay at Emirates Stadium for the upcoming season.The bigger issue has been whether Özil will re-sign at the club he joined from Real Madrid for £42.5m in 2013, with one of his options being to wait until January 2018 to see w...

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