Mesut Ozil explains why he signed for Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil says Arsenal's superior technical ability played a significant role in convincing him to move to north London.

The German playmaker was courted by a number of clubs after Real Madrid decided to cash in during the final days of the 2013 summer transfer window.

Arsene Wenger sent shockwaves through world football by launching a £42.4million bid, almost tripling Arsenal's transfer record.


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But the Frenchman still had a significant task on his hands. He had to convince one of the world's finest players to join a club that had not won a major piece of silverware in eight seasons.

A wage offer of £190,000-a-week would have certainly helped sway Ozil towards the Emirates, but the man himself says it was the current crop of talent in the Gunners side that eventually won him over.

"Before I joined, I knew that Arsenal were always a technically strong team," he told Arsenal Player.

"That’s also why I decided to join this club because I know exactly what the manager wants from the team.

"Our game centres around playing good, technical football and that’s good. It’s thanks to the manager because he’s worked on that for years and has formulated a technically-gifted team that can dominate any opposition.

"That’s why we’re really pleased to have a manager like him."

Wenger's influence

Unsurprisingly, the Germany international has also paid homage to the role that Wenger played in bringing him to Arsenal.

With 19-years of experience at the helm, Wenger's reputation is arguably as big as the club that he helped to build.

Ozil says that the belief that Wenger has in him has helped to increase his confidence after a difficult start to life in the Premier League.

"He knows exactly how I tick and I know exactly what he thinks of me," he added. "I just want to help the team as much as possible on the pitch - that’s my target.

"Of course sometimes things work better than at other times, that’s football, but the manager believes in me and that means a lot to me.

"He has experience and in past years you’ve seen him develop some top players. I get on really well with him and he gives me his trust. I’m thankful to him for that and to be praised by a coach like him means a lot.

"I thank him for that through good performances on the pitch."

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