Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal because he was unwilling to fight for his first-team place at Real Madrid, according to the Spanish club's manager, Carlo Ancelotti, reports the Daily Star.
The German playmaker completed a £42.5million deadline day transfer to north London, and Ancelotti believes that Ozil opted for the easy way out, amid increased competition at the Santiago Bernabeu.
"Ozil wasn't comfortable. I knew he'd been speaking with another club because he wanted to leave," explained the Italian tactician.
"Mesut understood that he had competition, that he wouldn't be able to play every game – and 'I'm off' was his answer."
Ozil has been a revelation since arriving at the Emirates Stadium, and has helped propel Arsene Wenger's side to the top of the Premier League table.
Gunners fans are delighted that the former Real Madrid star opted to join Arsenal, who have reaped the benefits of his added flair and creativity in the attacking midfield department.
In another dig at Wenger's club-record signing, Ancelotti added that his decision to sell Ozil over Angel di Maria has been vindicated, because it was in the best interests of the collective Real Madrid first-team.
"I prefer to have Angel Di Maria for the team's balance," he added. "Di Maria is better than Ozil for group dynamics."