On the day that Arsene Wenger announced he’ll step down as Arsenal manager in the summer, Mesut Ozil has revealed that the Frenchman was the main reason he moved to the Emirates.
The Germany international, who recently committed his long-term future to the club, also emphasised how proud he is to have played for a man who trusts him entirely to play with freedom.
Ozil became Arsenal’s record signing when Wenger paid Real Madrid £42.5 million for the midfielder in September 2013 and he’s gone on to become the Gunners key creative force helping the club to three FA Cups in the last four years.
“He’s the main reason I came here, he convinced me and I am proud to have played under him,” Ozil told Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s match with West Ham United.
“Everyone has a lot of respect for him. He has won many titles, developed some good players and has always played excellent football, so you know as a player if you come here you are going to be able to develop and play in that style.”
Ozil went on: “He is an honest guy, a very respectful guy, has a good personality, and everybody wants to play under him.
“He is the boss who brought me here and wanted me to stay so I said I am comfortable here, I never wanted to leave and that’s why I stayed. Now we want to reach our further goals.
“To be a creative player like I am, he gives me that freedom and tells me to do my thing. He gives me his trust and belief and when a coach says something like that, especially someone like him, you are proud and you want to do all you can to fight for him.”