New boy Mesut Özil says that long telephone conversations with Arsene Wenger convinced him that Arsenal was the club he should join when it became clear he was surplus to requirements at Real Madrid.
Speaking to the German press, the gifted midfielder spoke of his excitement about the move, saying, “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.”
The former Werder Bremen man highlighted again how it was important for him to feel the trust of his coach, something he didn’t get from Carlo Ancelotti.
“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.
“Arsène Wenger gives me the chance to develop and be fully fit 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.”
Translation via – http://arsenal-esque.blogspot.de/2013/09/ozil-interview.html