Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that his side beat French outfit Paris Saint-Germain to the signing of Mesut Ozil this summer.
25-year-old Ozil joined the Gunners for a reported fee of £42.5 million from La Liga giants Real Madrid on transfer deadline day after appearing to be surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Since moving to the Emirates Stadium, the German playmaker has been in formidable form and - along with the performances of fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey - his dazzling attacking displays have been the catalyst for the club's recent resurgence and charge to the very top of the Premier League standings.
However, according to Wenger, Arsenal faced a battle with Laurent Blanc's wealthy Ligue 1 champions for the signing of Ozil.
"‘PSG wanted Ozil but I had an advantage because I’d already had that contact [when trying to sign the player three years previously]," he was quoted by The Metro.
"He came to my house and he decided quickly. The first contact [with Ozil] happened at my place, for discretion. He decided in 24 hours."
Ozil, who impressed once again during Arsenal's impressive 2-0 triumph over Liverpool on Saturday evening, will hope to play a starring role back in his native Germany as the Gunners travel to Signal Iduna Park to face Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.