Mesut Ozil: Why I chose to join Arsenal from Real Madrid

Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil reveals the chance to join one of the "top clubs in England" was too good to turn down

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Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski pose with an Arsenal shirt Photo: Lukas Podolski/Instagram

Mesut Ozil has revealed that the chance to join one of the “top clubs in England” was too good to turn down – and can’t wait to work under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

The Gunners smashed their transfer record to sign the 24-year-old playmaker for £42.5m from Real Madrid on Monday following Gareth Bale’s arrival at the Bernabeu

Many key footballing figures, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Germany boss Joachim Low, have expressed their surprise at Los Blancos‘ decision to sell one of their prized assets.

But Ozil says his decision was a no-brainer and is already looking forward to making his mark at Emirates Stadium and believes Arsenal are the perfect club for him.

“I chose Arsenal because they are one of the top clubs in England,” Ozil told www.arsenal.com. “The coach is a world-class manager – he’s demonstrated that for years.

“A lot of players have developed under his guidance in the past and that’s why I decided to join Arsenal. I want to improve myself further and I’m looking forward to the style of play.

“Arsenal are well known for the strength of their technical game and their desire to play attacking football. I think I will fit perfectly into that. That’s why I chose to sign for the club.”

He continued: “Arsenal are one of the technically strongest teams in the world. The manager always wants to play attractive and attacking football.

“I think I fit into that because I enjoy playing quickly – that ’one-touch football’. I’m happy to be part of the club and I hope I can help the team.”

The Germany international, who has penned a five-year deal with the Gunners, has already turned his attentions to helping Arsenal lift a major trophy, something they have not done since their FA Cup triumph in 2005.

“Definitely [Arsenal can win trophies this season]. In the last few years, Arsenal haven’t been so successful but we want to become more successful,” he continued.

“We want to win trophies. I think the fans are looking forward to that too.

“We have a very strong and a very young team that can improve a lot under the manager. I think we will win trophies because we have the potential [to do so].”

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