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As Arsenal try to get rid of Mesut Ozil while the German shows no sign of leaving and no clubs want to match his wages, let’s look at the reason Arsene Wenger gave for offering him £350kpw in the first place.
Speaking at the start of 2019, Arsene Wenger said that it would have cost the club ‘£100m’ to buy a player like Ozil when he was asked about the German as he picked up another Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team. But sometimes there are special cases,” Wenger said after he was honoured at the Laureus World Sports Awards.