New signing: I would have joined Arsenal for free
Arsene Wenger forked out £42.5 million for the German international, the only money he spent all summer.
But it appears anything would have made Ozil join the Gunners, with Wenger convincing him when the pair talked.
In an interview with Die Welt, the 24 year old said the Frenchman made him consider his squad status at Real Madrid, prompting a move to the Emirates.
“In some way, that conversation flicked a switch in me and made me realise what I had lost at Madrid: transparency, trust, respect,” he told the German national newspaper.
“He [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.”
The £42.5 million fee that the Gunners splashed out on Ozil, broke the club’s transfer record by almost £30 million.
Santi Cazorla’s move last summer was the previous record, the Spaniard moving from Malaga for £16.5 million.
The fee also made Ozil the most expensive German player in history, beating Mario Gotze who moved from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich earlier this summer.
Ozil will be a vital addition to Arsene Wenger’s squad because of the amount of goals he scores and produces for teammates.
Last season the midfielder started just 23 league games, yet he chipped in with nine goals and set up 13 for his teammates.
In the Champions League, only Mario Gotze and Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up more goals – yet both featured in more games.
But most impressively, since 2010, Ozil has the joint highest amount of assists out of Europe’s top five leagues. Who is top with him? The world’s best player – Lionel Messi.
In total, throughout his time at Madrid, the German either scored or assisted 108 goals in only 159 games.