Reputed La Liga expert Graham Hunter says Mesut Ozil wanted to join Manchester United ahead of Arsenal, but with the Red Devils making no bids for him and time running out on the transfer deadline day, Ozil was forced to join Arsenal instead.
The 24-year-old was heavily linked with a move to both Manchester United and Arsenal throughout the summer, but the German international was initially against leaving the Spanish club. However, with the arrival of world record signing Gareth Bale from Tottenham; it became very clear to him that he doesn’t feature in the plans of coach Carlo Ancelotti, which eventually paved the way for his departure.
Hunter reports that Ozil and his father were waiting for a call from the English champions, but the Red Devils never made any formal approach, as a result of which, the German maverick had to go with the only remaining option left, Arsenal.
Though the signing, prima facie, looks a cracker from every angle. Arsenal have shown their ambition by smashing their transfer record for Ozil and with him now the chances for a serious title challenge cannot be ruled out either. Ozil, on the other hand, is a type of player, who thrives on the faith from his manager and coaches in order to demonstrate his true quality, and will find Arsenal as good as his home. Under the caring eye of Arsene Wenger, he will be highly valued at the club, which would help bring out the best in him.
As for Manchester United, there probably wasn’t a genuine effort to sign him at all. The club already has a world class attacking midfielder in the form of Shinji Kagawa, who is expected to do lot better this season. Therefore, Ozil who would have represented a marquee signing no doubt, but would have created an unnecessary competition in the squad, in an area the Champions are well stocked with – the last thing David Moyes needed.