Mesut Özil has revealed that several long telephone conversations with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger convinced him to join the Gunners. The German completed a £42.5 million deadline day move from Real Madrid to become the club’s record signing.
The midfielder completed the move while in Germany where he is representing the national side and he spoke to the media regarding his transfer.
“I’m really looking forward to it because I have the complete faith of the manager. I talked to him at length over the phone and he told me his ideas and he trusts me – and I need that as a player.”
“I’m also looking forward to meeting my team mates like Podolski or Mertesacker. I’m excited for the new task ahead. I already heard how great the fans are, the city is great and the team is super class.”
A main convincing point of his transfer was the faith Wenger showed to him. Carlo Ancelotti did not show that to Özil with Isco and Luka Modric along with new signing Gareth Bale threatening to push him out of the team. The German was fine with competition but was never told the role he would have this season, something Wenger cleared up for him at Arsenal.
“I realised I would not get the full trust of the manager [at Madrid]. I am a player who needs to feel that – and I felt that with Arsenal and that’s the reason why I’m signing for them.”
“Arsene Wenger gives me the chance to develop and be fully for for the World Cup. I know my abilities and potential and I would have made it in every club at the world – because I’m convinced of my abilities. But if I don’t feel that trust, then I have to leave the club.”
“I will continue to grown under the new manager and I’m also looking forward to the Premier League.”
He will definitely feel the love at the Emirates and at only 24 years old, will be hitting his prime in the next few years. Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata have shown how technically gifted players can excel in the Premier League and Özil has the talent to emulate them both.