Mesut Özil has revealed the Arsene Wenger was a key factor in his decision to join Arsenal. The French manager has come under intense criticism in the last 18 months and was under pressure yet again after a poor transfer window but it seems the pressure is off for now with the signing of Mesut Özil.
Wenger has an international reputation and has been contacted by Real Madrid and PSG in the past but has always stuck by Arsenal. He has a degree in economics which is how he has dealt with the clubs finances so well and can speak seven different languages which helps him keep the dressing room united. One of those languages is German which will help Özil fit in in no time.
The midfielder disclosed the fact that Wenger convinced him to join the club after one phone call.
“I am really looking forward to it because I have the faith of the coach. I had spoken to him at length on the telephone, he explained his plans and that he has faith in me – that is what I need as a player.”
“Wenger gives me the faith and I can develop further. I know what I can do and I know that I could make the grade with any club in the world because I am so convinced in myself, but if I don’t feel people have faith in me, then that is why I had to leave and at Arsenal, I feel I have this fully.”
Unfortunately for Manchester United, they do not have a manager with as much appeal as Wenger. The Scot is yet to manage a single Champions League group game and his first piece of silverware came in the Community Shield final, courtesy of Sir Alex Ferguson’s work last season. His reputation is only national and top European players, like Özil, would prefer to play under proven managers such as Wenger or Mourinho.
Moyes needs to be given time to create a reputation but will more than likely only have one season to do that at a club like Manchester United, he must use his time well.