December 11 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Arsene Wenger admitted he was “surprised” that Real Madrid allowed Mesut Ozil to sign for Arsenal and believes it was linked to the Spanish side’s world record signing of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
The Welshman’s move was a protracted saga that lasted until the eve of transfer deadline day with the La Liga outfit eventually splashing out 100million euro (£8million).
Wenger insisted last month that the Spurs star’s move would see a “domino effect” that would end in the Gunners’ getting their man.
And that is exactly what happened, though the Frenchman could only speculate about the precise reason for allowing one of Europe’s brightest stars to leave the Bernabeu.
“I think it was linked with the Bale transfer,” the 64-year-old said.
“I don’t know exactly what happened inside the club in Madrid. Was it down to financial reasons? Was it down to the fact that, when they bought Bale, they had Isco? Or did they have to let somebody go?
“I was surprised.”
Yet Wenger, who had endured a summer of frustration in the transfer market by failing in bids to land Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye, said he had no qualms about breaking Arsenal’s record transfer fee to land German playmaker Ozil for £42.5million.
He said: “There are two things that are completely different; one, I fight for teams to spend the money they have made and not the money they have artificially earned.
“Once they have made that money I am happy to spend it.
“What is very important for us is to find world-class players and there are not plenty around.”