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Mesut Ozil has opened up on his five-year spell at Arsenal and his ‘unique’ connection with the club’s fans.
Ozil had spent three years at Real Madrid when he found himself at a crossroads in his career in 2014 and decided the time was right to leave the Spanish capital.
Before he moved to the Bernabeu he had made a promise to Arsene Wenger that if he ever left, the Arsenal boss would be the first person he called.
The German playmaker followed through on that promise and after discussions with the Frenchman, he agreed to what was then a club record £42.5 million transfer.
Ozil said: “When I had moved to Real Madrid, Arsene had asked me if I wanted to come to Arsenal. I said ‘believe me in the future, if I have the opportunity to change my club, you will be the first place for me’.
“After that, we spoke and I decided to come to Arsenal because I remembered watching Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires – such great footballers – and I wanted to be part of that too.”