December 12 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Arsene Wenger is not convinced that a parting shot aimed at Mesut Ozil were the actual words of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and insists Arsenal’s club record signing is just as “surprised” by the statement.
Reports in Spain this week suggested the La Liga club’s chief had justified selling the German playmaker to Arsenal because he “couldn’t handle the pressure at Madrid.”
But the Gunners boss believes that would be out of character from the man he knows.
“I didn’t read what Florentino said and I’m not sure that he completely said that,” Wenger said.
“I know him well and I’m surprised by this statement, so I didn’t check what he really said and when I spoke to Ozil about it he was surprised as well.
“He [Ozil] said he is not sure that Perez said that completely, but I don’t know, I haven’t seen it.”
Instead Wenger insisted that his newest recruit made the £43million switch because of the good relationship he’d built up with the player.
The Frenchman tried to sign the German international three years ago when he was still at Werder Bremen but lost out to Real Madrid.
He finally got his man at the second time of asking on transfer deadline day after Gareth Bale completed his world record £86million move to the Bernabeu.
Ozil has suggested that he moved to England because of a lack of faith shown in him from then boss Carlo Ancelotti, while Wenger believes Real were forced to offload the playmaker because of the fee shelled they shelled out to rivals Tottenham for Bale.
“I think Madrid made the choice,” the Gunners boss said. “They had to let one player go and in the end it was Ozil.
“I believe Ozil chose us for many reasons, one of them was that he had the choice, before he went to Real Madrid, to come here.
“I had a contact with him from that moment so maybe it’s a little bit of fate because between Madrid and us, this time it’s us.”