Mesut Ozil says Arsene Wenger convinced him to join Arsenal, but would David Moyes really have had the same impact with regard to Manchester United.
Mesut Ozil is a player who was clearly forced out of Real Madrid, and was by all accounts keen to stay in the Spanish capital.
The German superstar admits though that he was convinced, in one phone call by Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal's manager, for all his detractors, has an esteemed reputation in the world game - so often courted in the past by Real Madrid and PSG.
"I am really looking forward to it because I have the faith of the coach. I had spoken to him at length on the telephone, he explained his plans and that he has faith in me - that is what I need as a player.
"Wenger gives me the faith and I can develop further. I know what I can do and I know that I could make the grade with any club in the world because I am so convinced in myself, but if I don't feel people have faith in me, then that is why I had to leave and at Arsenal, I feel I have this fully."
It was not just Wenger's multi-lingual skills which came in useful. It was his experience and standing as a boss, revered around Europe.
Being able to convince a player of Ozil's standing to up and leave Real Madrid in just a 30 minute phone call, arguably says as much about the manager as it does the attraction of Arsenal Football Club itself.
Which brings us onto Manchester United's dreadful summer transfer business, which saw them set the bar high and rarely look like coming close to reaching it.
One of the big criticisms levelled at new manager David Moyes is that he lacks the star power to attract 'world class' players to Manchester United.
They signed just one senior player in Marouane Fellaini, minutes before the deadline, a player who Moyes previously managed at Everton.
Could you honestly say the Scotsman would have been able to persuade Ozil to join United, like Wenger did Arsenal?
If Ozil had been swayed, it likely would have been despite Moyes - in relation to the fact United are champions and have, in theory, a better chance of winning trophies this season.
Moyes has not managed one season in the Champions League, in comparison to Wenger who is beginning his 16th. Moyes might well be capable, but he is unproven.
There is hope for the United manager, but as far as European players are concerned he is an unknown quantity. Had United appointed a Jurgen Klopp, a manager more familiar with the top end of the transfer market, would the club really have ended the summer with just Marouane Fellaini? It's doubtful they would have gone for him at all.
Moyes has this season, and beyond, to prove himself capable of handling a club of United's size, and putting his own stamp and image on the team.
He must negotiate the tricky Champions League group they find themselves in, with Shakhtar, Real Sociedad, and Bayer Leverkusen as a starting point.
Do that and players at the top level will take note. His personality will come across, and he will become more confident interacting with more renowned players.
At present he could have his own problems, with reports claiming Robin van Persie is 'unimpressed' at the first early glimpse of his management.
Back at his former club, new signing Mesut Ozil could not be more impressed by Arsene Wenger. Could you really imagine him saying, 'It was Moyes who convinced me to join?'.
What do you think? Has Moyes' inexperience held Manchester United back?
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