Arsenal’s reputation as a club that plays good football helped influence Mesut Özil’s decision to sign for us back in 2013.

Around Europe, Arsenal have a reputation as an attacking side that likes to keep the ball and have a number of quality individuals, all of which suits Özil perfectly. The German is an incredible talent and fits into the way Arsène Wenger wants his teams to play, so it is no surprise that they both thought the move would be a good one.

“Before I joined, I knew that Arsenal were always a technically-strong team,” the playmaker told Arsenal Player.

“That’s also why I decided to join this club, because I know exactly what the manager wants from the team.”

Özil is effusive in his praise for Wenger, who he clearly admires greatly, and puts the attractive style of the side down to the manager. Having played for José Mourinho in the past, plying his trade under a manager who insists upon freedom and expression must be a dream.

“Our game centres around playing good, technical football and that’s good. It’s thanks to the manager because he’s worked on that for years and has formulated a technically-gifted team that can dominate any opposition.

“That’s why we’re really pleased to have a manager like him.”

Mourinho has suggested he could do the Arsenal job, but there’s no way it would ever happen. Above all else, his playing style wouldn’t be accepted by the majority of fans and would force out a number of the players.

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Dream on José, Mesut’s played for you before and there’s no way he’d want to do it again.