Mesut Ozil reacts to Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave Arsenal
Mesut Ozil opens up about Arsene Wenger after his decision to leave Arsenal at the end of the season was confirmed
Mesut Ozil has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman announced that he would be standing down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.
The 68-year-old confirmed on Friday that he would be standing down as Gunners boss at the end of the current campaign to bring the curtain down on his 22-year spell at the north London side.
Wenger brought Ozil to Arsenal from Real Madrid in a then club-record transfer deal back in 2013 and then played a major role in convincing the 29-year-old to sign a new contract with the Gunners this year.
The World Cup winner has regularly spoken of his respect for Wenger and Ozil was quick to reveal his pride at having played under the Arsenal boss after the news of his exit was confirmed on Friday.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Ozil said: “He’s the main reason I came here, he convinced me and I am proud to have played under him.
“Everyone has a lot of respect for him. He has won many titles, developed some good players and has always played excellent football, so you know as a player if you come here you are going to be able to develop and play in that style.
“He is an honest guy, a very respectful guy, has a good personality, and everybody wants to play under him.”
Ozil will now be hoping to help Arsenal end the season on a high by winning the Europa League.
The Gunners will take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final clash at The Emirates on Thursday night as they look to secure a route back into the Champions League for next season.