Gooners can expect to read plenty about Ozil over the next week with the launch of his new book hitting stores in the UK and US today, in which he recalls his rough childhood and reveals interesting moments with Real Madrid and Arsenal.
The Gunners playmaker helped secure a much needed three points against Middlesbrough on Monday night with a well taken half-volley. Thankfully the pressure has slightly eased on the player who has struggled for form over the past few months plus when you consider the ongoing contractual negotiations, it does seem an odd time to be releasing a book.
But regardless, it’s been released and makes for an interesting read for Gooners alike.
In his new book, the World Cup winner opens up on an astonishing £100m offer last summer in a bid to convince the German playmaker to leave the Emirates, however he remained unmoved despite a potential £380k a week (after tax) pay package.
Ozil also opened up on his relationship with Jose Mourinho, where he reveals several bust-ups in the changing room including one time when the Portugese boss exclaimed “You’re not Zidane!” Despite the fallout, Ozil admits Mourinho remains a huge influence on him.
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Interesting, the German international spoke about how he came to join Arsenal in the summer of 2013 from Real Madrid.
Wenger first talked with the player in 2009 on the phone while Ozil was plying his trade in Germany still at Werder Bremen.
“It’s time for you to take the next step,” Wenger said. “In London I can help you reach that stage.”
Ozil found himself tangled in contractual negotiations, and after relations broke down between the players father and the club, he found himself wanting to find a new club.
“I did not intend to leave Real Madrid at all. Nobody assumed that a change of clubs would take place. My father and I both had the goal to extend for a further year, to continue my success story with Real Madrid and win the Champions League,” Ozil writes.
“My father then took over the negotiations. He contacted Florentino Perez. It was only a question of closing another long-term contract with Real, admittedly under better conditions but it was not about greed. The first offer from Real was unfortunately not what we had hoped for.”
He was consequently benched by new Real boss Carlo Ancelotti and had fallen out of love with the club.
“Suddenly I had to act for the sake of my career. It was not easy for me at the beginning, but I chose to call a number, which I had in my mobile phone since 2010.”
“‘Mr. Wenger,’ I said. ‘I promised to contact you first if there was the possibility that I would look for another club. Now that time has arrived’.”
The rest is history.
Ozil also opened up on the recent Bayern Munich 10-2 aggregate loss this season, discussing Wenger’s tactics but also offered some words of encouragement and feels there are big things on the horizon at Arsenal:
“In my footballing life I’ve often fallen flat on my face and been knocked to the ground. But I’ve always got up again and won victories and titles following the defeat,” he said.
“In spite of the disappointments with Germany in South Africa and Poland and Ukraine, we became world champions. In spite of the humiliation at the hands of Barcelona we won the Spanish league at Real Madrid. And this defeat by Bayern will produce something good at the end, too.
“It has left me with a little scar. Just like the scornful sledging I received at the start of my adventure in England, the blue marks on my shins and the bruises on my torso, it has made me tougher, harder-nosed and better able to take what’s thrown at me. And I’m going to prove it!”