Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has paid tribute to former manager Arsene Wenger after being asked to describe him in three words in a Twitter Q&A.
Wenger signed Ozil from Real Madrid back in 2013 and the former German international described Wenger as "Gentleman. Legendary. Invincible."
Ozil clearly holds Wenger in high regard and his admiration for the Frenchman dates back to his initial decision to join Arsenal, with Wenger instrumental in him signing in the first place.
Speaking at his first press conference, Ozil said: "At the weekend, I was certain I would stay at Real Madrid but afterwards I realised I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses.
"I am a player who needs this faith and that is what I have felt from Arsenal, which is why I have joined.
"I would have come here for free, that wouldn't have been a problem. When I spoke to Arsene Wenger on the phone, he was full of respect, and as a player, I need that."
Ozil thrived under Wenger's management, contributing 27 goals and 54 Premier League assists in 142 appearances, averaging a goal every five games and an assist every three.
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However, under Wenger's predecessors, Ozil has struggled, netting just six goals and providing four assists in 42 Premier League matches at an average of a goal every seven games and an assist every 11.
There has been heavy speculation over Ozil's future at the club but the 31-year-old is adamant that he will see out his contract.
"My position is clear," Ozil said. "I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club. Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger.
"I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again. I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.
"Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club — the real people, those I’ve been with for a long time — and I love London, it’s my home.
"Whatever happened in the last two seasons, I’m happy and very strong mentally. I never give up on anything. I want to help my team and I’ll fight for it. If I’m fit, I know what I can do on the pitch."
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