Ozil persuaded by Wenger to choose Arsenal move.
Arsenal’s new signing Mesut Ozil rejected a big-money offer from French giants PSG to move to the Emirates Stadium, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 24-year-old was announced as the Gunners’ only major signing of the summer late last night just before the close of the transfer window, moving to north London for a club-record fee of over £42m.
This long-awaited signing of a world class talent and big name has been hailed by Arsenal fans worldwide, but the German international also had an offer on the table from Ligue 1 champions PSG.
Backed by their wealthy Qatari owners, PSG have been able to attract some of the world’s best players in recent years, and were hoping to add Ozil to the star signing of Edinson Cavani this summer. In recent weeks, they were also believed to be challenging Arsenal for the signing of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
More money was believed to be on offer in France, but Ozil will still become the highest earner at Arsenal, with wages of around £140,000 a week, and it is claimed that Arsene Wenger’s influence helped persuade him to reject PSG for the Gunners.
Ozil signed a five-year contract with Arsenal and will wear the number 11 shirt for the club.