The Germany international, who moved to the north Londoners on Monday, realised he was disillusioned with life at the Santiago Bernabeu following a conversation with Arsene Wenger
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Ozil revealed that discussions with the Arsenal manager prompted him to consider his squad status at Madrid and influenced his move to the Premier League.
“In some way, that conversation flicked a switch in me and made me realise what I had lost at Madrid: transparency, trust, respect," Ozil told Die Welt.
"He [Wenger] told me exactly how he saw me, how he wanted to use me, what he expected of me.
"I cannot do anything about the transfer fee. I would have come for free, too."
Ozil, a club-record purchase for the Gunners, scored or assisted 108 goals in 159 appearances in all competitions for Madrid.