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How Wenger Snatched Ozil

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A great article at goal.com reporting the behind-the-scenes actions that ultimately led to the transfer of Ozil to Arsenal for a record 50 million euros.

The Gunners had turned their attention to Ozil after failing to land a number of primary targets – including Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Marouane Fellaini – and learning in early August that Bale had agreed in principle his move to Spain. Wenger knew that a stellar Real player would have to be sold to part-fund Bale’s arrival.

Speaking about Arsenal’s club-record signing in November, Wenger said: “The first contact happened at my place, for discretion. He (Ozil) came to my house and he decided quickly. He decided in 24 hours.”

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