Mesut Ozil has revealed a telephone call from Arsene Wenger convinced him to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal.
Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign attacking midfielder Ozil on transfer deadline day last week in a £42.5million deal.
Mesut Ozil claimed he did not feel wanted at Real Madrid, so he went to Arsenal, where he certainly is.
Ozil stated Die Welt “I am a player who needs the confidence of the coach, and I saw that I would have that at Arsenal and that is why I am going there, Somehow this telephone call just flicked a switch in me, I thought: ‘what he is telling me is what I have missed at Real: transparency, trust, respect, He told me exactly how he sees me as a player, how he wants to use me, what he expects from me and what he hopes I will contribute.”
Ozil also played down the expectation that might be placed upon him after Arsenal broke the bank to land the Germany international.
“The transfer fee has nothing to do with me. I would have joined Arsenal on a free” Ozil commented
The 24-year-old, who has won 48 caps for Germany since making his debut in 2009, signed a five-year deal with Arsenal, reiterated that he is desperate to help Arsenal end a trophy less run that stretches eight years.
“I want to win titles and will do everything in order to do that. That is my mentality; we will do everything to get as far as possible in all the competitions. I learned that at Real. The aim is to reach the semi-finals or the final.” Ozil quoted