Arsenal boss Wenger denies Ozil talks collapse: They've slowed down

The 28-year-old is set to be rested for the European clash with Cologne at the Emirates on Thursday night ahead of Arsenal's trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

And while manager Arsene Wenger is keen for the Germany worldwide to put pen to paper on a new deal, the Frenchman admits talks have slowed with his star man.

Arsenal are believed to have put £275,000-a-week on the table for the attacking midfielder, but his representatives are keen for a deal worth closer to £350,000-a-week.

Ozil could join the Chilean global and leave the Gunners on a free transfer after the end of the 2017/18 season.

Reports in Germany claimed that talks had been abandoned since February and that Manchester United are among the clubs ready to sign him should a deal fail to be struck.

But with time running out on his deal, Wenger insists there's still a chance he will stay.

"The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since 31st August, because we need a little breather and to focus on the competition", Wenger explained as he spoke to the press this week.

Wenger also said that he is still interested in re-signing the German global and that he is hopeful a deal will get done.

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