Was Cabaye Wenger's First Choice Above Ozil?
We all know Arsene Wenger made a £10m bid foe Yohan Cabaye BEFORE signing Mesut Ozil ... but was the Frenchmen first choice or was Ozil always the main target?
Ozil has revealed a telephone call from Wenger convinced him to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal.
Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign attacking midfielder Ozil on transfer deadline day last week in a £42.5million deal.
Ozil had initially pledged to stay at Real this summer after being linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the wake of Gareth Bale's arrival.
However, Wenger was able to convince Ozil to swap Real for the Emirates Stadium after winning him over with his plans for the 24-year-old.
Mesut Ozil: "Somehow this telephone call just flicked a switch in me.
"I thought: 'What he is telling me is what I have missed at Real: transparency, trust, respect.'
"He told me exactly how he sees me [as a player], how he wants to use me, what he expects from me and what he hopes I will contribute.
"The transfer fee has nothing to do with me. I would have joined Arsenal on a free."
One man looking 'in' from the 'outside' is Newcastle's Cabaye, who went on strike for three games because he wanted to be part of Arsenal's future.
It blew up in his face because Mike Ashley wanted DOUBLE the fee Wenger was prepared to offer, and according to reports today in one natiional newspaper Wenger only saw Cabaye as "a squad player".
With Cabaye being told he would have to play regular football to make the French World Cup squad next summer ... perhaps his stay at Newcastle is all for the best.
Sadly ... he has to win back the support from the fans!
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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