Arsenal: Mesut Ozil Reveals How he Signed for Arsène Wenger

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil in Munich, Germany, February 15. Ozil moved to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013. Christof Stache/AFP/Getty

Mesut Ozil telephoned Arsène Wenger to push through his 2013 transfer to Arsenal, according to his new autobiography.

In a serialization in German newspaper Bild, Ozil, 28, claims he contacted Wenger over a move when his father fell out with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over contract talks.

"Even though it wasn't easy for me at the start, I dialed a number I had in my cell since 2010," Ozil writes in Die Magie des Spiels (The Magic of the Game). "'Mr. Wenger,' I said. 'I promised to contact you first if there would be the opportunity that I am looking for a new club. It's here now.'"

Ozil has been the subject of conjecture this season, as there is now less than a year and a half left on his contract and he has not yet re-signed at Emirates Stadium.