Date: 17th November 2013 at 4:00pm
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Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal over the summer because Real Madrid did not want him after signing Gareth Bale on a world record fee, right? Well according to Carlo Ancelotti the German playmaker only left the Bernabeu and signed for Arsene Wenger’s side because he did not want to fight for his place.

Ozil, who was undoubtedly the surprise signing of the summer, recently claimed his departure from Real was down to the fact that Ancelotti did not believe in his ability, prompting the Germany international to look elsewhere.

However, former Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea and PSG boss Ancelotti insists the only reason why the 25-year-old left was because of stiff competition for places at the Spanish club:

‘Ozil wasn’t comfortable. I knew he’d been speaking with another club because he wanted to leave.

‘Mesut understood that he had competition, that he wouldn’t be able to play every game – and ‘I’m off’ was his answer.’

Ancelotti then ended the matter by having one last dig at Arsenal’s new number 11, saying he’d rather have Angel Di Maria at the club for better ‘group dynamics’:

‘I prefer to have Angel Di Maria for the team’s balance. Di Maria is better than Ozil for group dynamics.’

No matter if Ozil wanted to leave because he felt unloved or because he wasn’t up for fighting for his place in the Real side, the German, ultimately, in my opinion, was only looking out for himself and wanted to play week in week out with the World Cup only a few months away.