Mesut Ozil: I’d have joined Arsenal for free
New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil says he would have joined Arsenal for free.
He says a phone call from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sold him on a move to the Emirates to the extent that he would have gone even without all the financial trappings that came with his £42.4m transfer.
He told German newspapier Die Welt: “In some way, that conversation flicked a switch in me and made me realise what I had lost at Madrid – transparency, trust, respect.
“Arsene told me exactly how he saw me, how he wanted to use me, what he expected of me. I had no control over the transfer fee. I would have even joined Arsenal for free.”