German always wanted to move to the Emirates.
Record Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil never had a late change of heart over his move to the Emirates on Monday, as has been claimed in the Spanish press, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The highly-rated Germany international put pen to paper on a five-year £200,ooo-per-week deal with the Gunners on transfer deadline day, with the north London club forking out a club-record £42.4m in order to sign Ozil from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
However, in the days following the playmaker’s move to Arsenal, numerous reports in the Spanish media have stated that Ozil’s father, who also acts as the German’s agent, was waiting anxiously by a phone in a hotel close to the Santiago Bernabeu for Premier League champions Manchester United to come in with a counter bid for the 24-year-old.
But the Mirror says that in actual fact, the deal to bring Ozil to the capital had already been agreed and signed by the two clubs on Monday morning after negotiations had taken place between both sides last weekend.
Ozil was offered to both United and Manchester City a few weeks ago as los Blancos sought to recoup some of the world-record £85m transfer fee they shelled out to sign Tottenham Hotspur wide-man Gareth Bale, only for both Premier League clubs to decline the chance to sign the player.
And despite mega-rich Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain coming in with a higher offer for Ozil late on Monday, the attacking midfield player had by then already made up his mind to join the Gunners.