The German international has pledged to deliver trophies for the Gunners.
Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil has revealed he would have joined Arsenal for free after a chat with Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners smashed their transfer record to lure the 24-year-old away from Real Madrid on Transfer Deadline Day in a £42.5 million deal to bring a restless summer at the Emirates Stadium to a bright conclusion.
Ozil admits he didn’t feel valued at the Bernabeu, despite being held in high-regard by supporters, and says a phone conversation with Wenger immediately sold him on a move to the north London club.
“In some way, that conversation flicked a switch in me and made me realise what I had lost at Madrid – transparency, trust, respect,” he explained to German newspaper Die Welt.
“Arsene told me exactly how he saw me, how he wanted to use me, what he expected of me.
“I would have even joined Arsenal for free.”
Ozil is well aware of Arsenal’s eight-year trophy drought and has pledged to bring an end to their quest for success by delivering their first piece silverware since the FA Cup in 2005.
“In the last few years, Arsenal haven’t been so successful, but we want to become more successful,” he told Sky Sports.
“We want to win trophies. I think the fans are looking forward to that too.
“We have a very strong and a very young team that can improve a lot under the manager. I think we will win trophies because we have the potential [to do so].”