Ozil: Long phone call with Wenger convinced me to join Arsenal
Mesut Ozil says a lengthy telephone call with Arsene Wenger was one of the decisive factors in convincing him to join Arsenal
Mesut Ozil has revealed that a lengthy telephone call with Arsene Wenger was one of the decisive factors in convincing him to leave Real Madrid to join Arsenal.
The Gunners clinched the signing of the 24-year-old playmaker on deadline day in a £42.5m deal that shattered the north London club’s previous transfer record.
Ozil’s departure from Real Madrid came on the same day that Los Blancos paraded new signing Gareth Bale, whose arrival at the club suggested that Ozil’s first-team place was no longer secure.
And the Germany international says that a long phone call with Wenger helped to convince him that a move to Emirates Stadium was the right decision.
“I’m really looking forward to it because I have the faith of the coach,” Ozil told DFB TV.
“I had spoken to him at length on the telephone and he explained his plans and that he has faith in me and that is what I need as a player.
“I’m also looking forward to being on the same team as [Germany team-mates] Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker. I’m looking forward to the new challenge there. I’ve already heard that they have super fans, the city is great and the team is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to that.
“Arsene Wenger will give me the trust to help me develop further. I want to be completely fit for the World Cup. I know what I can do and what potential I have. I could have established myself at any club. I know that because I’m convinced of my own ability.
“At Arsenal, I can feel that there is trust. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I will develop under my new manager and I’m looking forward to [playing in] the Premier League too. Wenger gives me the faith and I can develop further.”