Mesut Ozil has blasted Real Madrid for not trusting in his ability and declared: “I’d have joined Arsenal for free.”
Arsene Wenger pulled of the transfer coup of the summer window when he snapped up the Germany star for £42million on deadline day.
Ozil put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Emirates and he has revealed that Wenger was instrumental in him joining the Gunners.
The playmaker says the discussions with the Frenchman made him take stock of his Bernabeu future.
He said: “In some way, that conversation flicked a switch in me and made me realise what I had lost at Madrid: transparency, trust, respect.
“Wenger told me exactly how he saw me, how he wanted to use me, what he expected of me.
“I can not do anything about the transfer fee. I would have come for free, too.”
Ozil is set to make his debut for Arsenal when they are back in league action on Saturday as they travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland.
Meanwhile, Ozil’s new team-mate Kieran Gibbs is confident he will settle in north London quickly.
He said: “I think that he’s going to be quickly settled because of Lukas and Per. They’re big characters in the dressing room.
“He’s going to feel welcome anyway but it always helps when you’ve got players that you know there already. I don’t know if that helped him in deciding to come.
“World class players always have a big impact so I’m really excited and looking forward to working with him. Finishing off last season strongly gave us a big boost and we want to get that momentum back.
“It was title-winning form and if we could do it then, there’s no reason why we can’t do it now, with an improved squad as well. We’ve got that form at the moment, winning our last four, so we want to continue that and we want to make sure everyone comes back raring to go.”