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Arsenal morning news including more Ozil, new contracts and Diaby

Experienced players to be tied down to new contracts by Wenger.

German coach Joachim Loew was said to be surprised at Mesut Ozil’s transfer to Arsenal, describing Real Madrid’s decision to sell the playmaker as “incomprehensible” as Loew thought he was one of their best players.

Loew said: “Many Real players, like Sami Khedira or Cristiano Ronaldo, are sad about the transfer.

“Ozil’s Arsenal move will be a good transfer for the national team because he will play for a team which has an overall great technique – that is good for him.”

Arsenal continue to win plaudits for bringing Ozil to the Emirates and the Premier League with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho describing the player as the ‘best number 10 in the world.’

Mesut’s father, Mustafa, believes that Arsene Wenger will get the best out of his son saying: “I’m sure there is still 15 to 20 per cent to get out of him and Mr Wenger will help him to do that.”

Away from the transfer that dominated deadline day, Wenger’s next move is to tie down some of the current players to new contracts according to reports.

It is understood that Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky are to be offered new deals along with Bacary Sagna. However, reports indicate getting Sagna to sign a new deal because of a long contract wrangle with the club.

Reports also suggest that midfielder Abou Diaby has stepped up his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury he sustained in March and has hopes of featuring this season, although a date has not yet been set for his return.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has backed midfielder Aaron Ramsey to retain his starting place in the Arsenal midfield after the signing for Ozil, saying the Welshman is in the best form of his career.

Coleman said: “If Aaron keeps doing what he’s been doing, I can’t see him losing his Arsenal place.

“Aaron has been brilliant for Arsenal this season, really showing what he is capable of.”

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