Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola made a tentative approach to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal at the start of last season, according to a MailOnline report.
The Germany international had only arrived in north London 12 months prior to Bayern's attempt, but he had struggled to establish himself with the Gunners and looked out of place in the team.
Despite being considered the world's best No.10 at Real Madrid, Arsene Wenger still found it hard to give the £42.4million signing time in his favoured position. Instead, Ozil spent much of his first season at Arsenal playing on the left-wing and failed to make anything like the expected impact.
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Bayern Munich have tried to sign Ozil on several occasions, most notably after the 2010 World Cup when a number of Europe's biggest sides took note of the Werder Bremen starlet for the first time. He chose Real Madrid, but interest from the Allianz Arena has never faded.
The German giants pride themselves on having the very best of their country's talent. Indeed, seven of the 2014 World Cup-winning team were Bayern Munich stars, and it seemed they had every intention of recruiting one of the few players who was not.
Guardiola offered Wenger the chance to cut his losses on Ozil. Many Arsenal fans would have bitten the Spaniard's hand off, but Wenger chose to keep the faith, but, once again, saw Ozil struggle to recreate the kind of form he showed in La Liga. His transfer fee, plus the £140,000-a-week wages, was starting to look like money for old rope.
Falling into place
But everything is starting to fall in place in his third season at the Emirates. The 27-year-old has already garnered more Premier League assists (six) than he did in the whole of last season (five) and grabbed a crucial goal against Manchester United.
Tonight, he will be under the microscope of the German media, who have been as quick to criticise him as some Arsenal fans, determined to prove his decision to move to the Premier League was the right one.