Ozil: I joined Arsenal because of Wenger’s faith in me

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil has revealed his reasons for leaving Real Madrid and joining Arsenal in a club record £42million deal.

The Germany star, 24, says the faith showed in him by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger contributed massively to his decision.

The playmaker switched to the Emirates late last night as the transfer window neared closing and put pen to paper on a five-year contract worth £130,000 a week.

Ozil said: “At the weekend, I was certain that I would stay at Real Madrid, but afterwards I realised that I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses.

“I am really looking forward to it because I have the faith of the coach. I had spoken to him at length on the telephone, he explained his plans and that he has faith in me – that is what I need as a player.

“I am looking forward to the new challenge at Arsenal. I have already heard that they have super fans, the city is great and the team is fantastic.

“Wenger gives me the faith and I can develop further. I know what I can do and I know that I could make the grade with any club in the world because I am so convinced in myself, but if I don’t feel people have faith in me, then that is why I had to leave and at Arsenal, I feel I have this fully.

“I am sure the new coach is going to develop me further and I am also really looking forward to playing in the Premier League.”