The Germany international wants a big pay rise and says he will wait until manager Arsene Wenger signs a new deal before considering penning an extension himself.
His current terms expire in the summer of 2018 and Henry is hopeful the former Real Madrid playmaker commits his future to the club.
Mesut Ozil snapped with a cobra after scooping fifth German Player of the Year
Tue, January 17, 2017
Mesut Ozil has been spotted trying his hand at snake charming after picking up his fifth German Player of the Year award
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Mesut Ozil is snapped enjoying some downtime after scooping the German Player of the Year award
“He has said he wants to know if Arsene is staying beyond the summer. Look, I’m an Arsenal fan. For that reason I’m desperate for him to stay,” Henry wrote in The Sun on Sunday.
“But I understand his predicament. I was in the same situation in 2007 when I joined Barcelona — with a heavy heart. I didn’t know Arsene’s plans, either, as he was coming to the end of a contract then, too.
“People will say it’s all about money for Mesut and that Wenger’s contract is a smokescreen. We don’t know. We have to trust what he says. Respect it.
Thierry Henry wants Mesut Ozil to stay at Arsenal
Arsenal star Ozil's current deal expires in the summer of 2018
Henry (right) believes Ozil can win the title with Arsenal
“Mesut has won the World Cup with Germany. But at club level, he has only one title, with Real Madrid in 2012. He will be desperate for more.
“But he can do that at the Emirates.
“That’s why I’d urge him to stay and become an Arsenal legend.
“Win that first title. Be the future of Arsenal. Not just the assist man, but the guy who drives the team forward. He can do that with Alexis Sanchez.”
Sanchez is another player Arsenal are hoping to tie down to a new deal.
But there is growing concern that the Chile international is not interested in extending his stay at the Emirates.