Renowned Spanish football writer, Graham Hunter, speaking on Sky's Revista de la Liga on Tuesday, described how both Mesut Özil and his father, also his agent, had their hearts set on a move to Old Trafford.

It was only when a bid from the Premier League champions failed to arrive that the German playmaker decided to make the switch to the Emirates.

He also reveals that the Spanish giants were frantically trying to offload Özil on deadline day to help recoup some of the money spent on acquiring the likes of Gareth Bale, Asier Illaramendi and Isco.

If the German midfielder was waiting on an offer from United, it explains why the deal to take Özil to Arsenal took so long to complete, with some Gunners fans fearing the deal wouldn't go through in time.

Other sources are reporting that it was Wenger who convinced Özil to snub United and PSG. Last week, Özil said that he wanted to stay and fight for his place at Real Madrid but he then cited a lack of faith from both the manager and the club as reasons for his departure.

Despite differing accounts, what is clear is that the deal to take Özil to Arsenal all happened very quickly and that too suggests that Wenger either hadn't specifically targeted the German international or that Özil himself suddenly decided that he needed to move elsewhere.

As soon as Bale and Isco arrived at the Bernabeu, it must have become clear to Özil that his first team place was far from guaranteed. What is more, given the arrival of two players whom could easily play in his position, the club's president, Florentino Perez, knew that Özil was his most saleable asset.

Perez's decision was made easier by the fact that Angel Di Maria, another player linked with a move to make way for the arrival of Bale, was part of new coach Carlo Ancelotti's plans.

It seems as if Wenger, needing a marquee signing to placate the restless Gunners fans, saw Özil become available and tried to sign him last minute because no other big names were available.

That he didn't actually need to sign yet another playmaker shows that this was merely an attempt to appease the fans desperate for Arsenal to acquire a big name after a summer of promised big names failed to arrive.

So too, Özil himself knew that, after no bid from United was forthcoming, his options were limited and needed to move. After all, it is a World Cup year and he couldn't afford to risk spending a year on the bench at the Bernabeu, especially given the enormous competition in the German midfield department.

So, despite both Wenger and Özil's declarations to the contrary, this seems more like a marriage of convenience than one of love. Wenger needed a big name, Özil needed regular football and Real Madrid needed the funds.

Yes, it has seemingly worked out well for everyone involved, except maybe for Manchester United fans and any Gunners fans expecting some degree of club loyalty. Does it matter that Özil's heart wasn't really set on being an Arsenal player? Or does it only matter that he is an Arsenal player?

Arsenal have got a player they didn't need and spent heavily to get him. He is, however, undoubtedly a star and a world class player, both of which are desperately needed at the Emirates.

The hope and expectation is that he will be the first of many, that a more complete team will be built around him. Özil himself needed to feel important and, well, at Arsenal, he will be the star man and hopefully he can set Arsenal on the right track.

He should also help bring the best out of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, while Premier League defences will be terrorised by their movement and creativity. The only questions are whether Olivier Giroud can keep up his good form and stick away the chances they create, while, at the other end of the pitch, whether Arsenal's defence is good enough to mount a credible title challenge.

A lot depends on Giroud. There is no depth to the forward line, with the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young being woefully inadequate for a club the size of Arsenal, so the pressure will be on the Frenchman to build on a promising start to the season and maintain it until June.

Maybe that will convince Özil that moving to Arsenal was the right choice in the first place and that, in the end, it will prove to be United's loss and Arsenal's gain.

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