The deal made the attacking midfielder the most expensive German in history, eclipsing Mario Götze’s move to Bayern Munich earlier in the summer, and becomes the Gunners top earner on a reported £140k a week deal for the next five years.
Özil’s move caused plenty of controversy with many of his team mates mystified over the transfer, with Ronaldo even revealing his anger over losing his main assister. But the Germany international lost respect at Madrid and again spoke of Wenger’s influence that convinced him to become Arsenal’s centre piece and main creative driving force in their exciting midfield lineup.
Özil reportedly told German paper Die Welt of his talk with Wenger:
In some way, that conversation flicked a switch in me and made me realise what I had lost at Madrid: transparency, trust, respect.
He [Wenger] told me exactly how he saw me, how he wanted to use me, what he expected of me.
I can not do anything about the transfer fee. I would have come for free, too.
Wenger would have liked that wouldn’t he? Another free signing to complete a hat trick.
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Breaking the transfer record has been long overdue and for such an exciting player who is still young is monumental for the Gunners. He will help to inspire future top talents especially if Arsenal have the kind of season we hope for.
Signing Özil may help to swing contract negotiations into Wenger’s favour with reports suggesting he is set to open talks over fresh terms. But personally I feel it should be judged on the sides performance this season.
But it is clear Wenger was instrumental in signing Özil so that will become a big factor in offering the Frenchman a new lucrative contract.
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