Bayern Munich star reveals why £42.4m Ozil joined Arsenal

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Philipp Lahm has been speaking about his international colleague this weekend.

When Arsenal splashed the cash last summer to bring in Mesut Ozil it really was a massive turn of face from the club. Usually frugal and delicate in the market the club instead decided to spend big on the German international. They paid a whopping £42.4 million to sign the playmaker and it lifted the mood around what was a solemn and hope lacking camp previously.

It was a move that sparked controversy in the Madrid camp. Ozil was clearly sold to accomodate for the arrival of Gareth Bale. However nobody particulary wanted him to leave. In fact the likes of Sami Khedira, Alvaro Arbeloa and even Cristiano Ronaldo openly spoke out about the sale such was their dissatisfaction.

Ozil's departure also saw him criticised by Real Madrid staff, including assistant Zinedine Zidane and Carl and manager Carlo Ancelotti, for lacking the fight to get back in the first-team at the Bernabeu.

But why did he leave Real Madrid, arguably the biggest club on the planet, for Arsenal. Well, according to one person who knows him better than most is Germany national team captain Philipp Lahm.

The Bayern Munich star will travel to Brazil with Ozil this summer and there are rarely secrets among Jogi Low's side.

And Lahm has now revealed what Ozil told him was the reason behind his Gunners transfer last summer. in an interview with

He said:

"I have spoken with Mesut since his move - and he chose Arsenal because the belief they showed in him and because he believed he would be successful there."

So far it has been a mixed bag for Ozil this season but he can end it on a high this evening with a win against Hull City in the FA Cup final - which would be his third national cup win in his third country.

Not bad for somebody in his mid-20's.

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