The Unai Emery revolution is well and truly underway at the Emirates Stadium.
The Spanish manager was tasked with replacing legendary boss Arsene Wenger but his reign got off to a bit of a rocky start.
After losses to Manchester City and Chelsea, however, the Gunners have embarked on a marvellous 16 game unbeaten run in all competitions.
One of the most telling aspects behind Arsenal’s fine form has been the resurgence of German midfielder, Mesut Ozil.
However, if we look back to January 2018, you realise just how different the situation could have been for both Emery and Ozil.
The German was reportedly on the brink of sealing a move away from the club before Wenger swooped in and offered him a bumper contract in an attempt to convince him to stay.
Thankfully for Emery, the 30-year-old signed on the dotted line.
There have been rumours ever since that had Arsenal not offered such a massive sum that Ozil would have said his good bye’s to London.
Others felt he was simply using other offers as leverage to negotiate a better contract.
Now, however, Ozil’s agent has revealed that it really wasn’t about money at all, highlighting the true reason behind his client’s decision to stay.
“We had some really big offers from Asia, there were some crazy offers. But for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor,” said Dr Erkut Sogut.
“Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation. The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.
“His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well, but it came down to what was in his heart.
“We were free to sign with other clubs and in the end Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, ‘This is my home, I want to be here’.”
There you have it.
Ozil feels at home in north London and wanted to do everything he could to stay.
Now his focus has to be on helping the Gunners secure a coveted top-four spot again.
If their current form continues, they could be in with a really good shot of doing just that.News Now - Sport News