I Would Have Joined Arsenal For Free! – Ozil
German international, Mesut Ozil completed a dramatic Deadline Day switch to the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid for a hefty sum of £42.4 million. Arsenal finally spent a huge chunk of that £70 million transfer budget and broke the bank to land a world class talent.
The fans were understandably excited by the capture of Ozil, who statistically was the most successful midfield play maker in Europe for the last five years. They now have every reason to believe that they can genuinely challenge for the title this season.
The 24-year old gave an in-depth interview where he revealed that the main reason for him to choose Arsenal was manager Arsene Wenger. He revealed that all it took was one phone call from Wenger, who spoke in fluent German with him, to make up his mind to quit Real Madrid and move to London.
Metro report him as saying that he was so convinced by Wenger’s words, that he would even move to the club for free. He said, “In some way, that conversation flicked a switch in me and made me realize what I had lost at Madrid – transparency, trust, respect,”
“He told me exactly how he saw me, how he wanted to use me and what he expected of me.
“I would have even joined Arsenal for free.”
One must realize the fact that this move would not have materialized had Wenger not been there at the club, which further questions some fans’ previous stance of hoping to see the club sever ties with the Frenchman, who has been under fire over the last few seasons, as the club tries to end the grueling wait to achieve silverware.
With the capture of Ozil, the chances of Arsenal doing exactly that have increased dramatically. The presence of a world class player is bound to excite and motivate the other Arsenal players, and will do good to help them up their game.
Do you see Ozil playing a pivotal role for Arsenal this season as they perhaps end that long trophy drought?