In a selective meeting with Goal – previous Arsenal move mediator Dick Law lifts the top on Mesut Ozil’s transition to the Emirates in 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013 – it was a due date day that will live long in the memory of Arsenal fans.
Following quite a while of dissatisfaction in the exchange market following the move from Highbury to the Emirates, Arsenal woke from their money related sleep and crushed their club record move charge to get Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £42.5 million.
It was an arrangement that went last minute and was happened on Sky Sports News, with fans at long last completing affirmation the arrangement was late at night with not exactly an hour of the window remaining.
Supporters celebrated in the roads outside the Emirates when the news at last sifted through that the Germany global was formally an Arsenal player.
It was the minute that flagged the beginning of another time at Arsenal, the minute when the advantages of the transition to the Emirates were figured it out.
“This is an energizing day for us all,” said CEO Ivan endless supply of the arrangement. “We have marked a world-class player who is one of Europe’s most splendid youthful abilities.”
It’s been almost six years now since Ozil strolled through the entryway in north London and a ton has gone on from that point forward, with three FA Cups having been added to Arsenal’s trophy bureau.
In any case, the energy his landing produced still feels new, and now – just because – one of the key figures engaged with the arrangement has lifted the top on precisely how Arsenal figured out how to verify the mark of one of football’s best inventive stars.
In a restrictive meeting with Goal – his first ever with the English media – Arsene Wenger’s confided in previous exchange mediator Dick Law has lifted the top on an astounding week which included a few quickly masterminded flights, top mystery dealings and even a guile intend to keep Tottenham unaware of what’s going on.
“It was a mind boggling arrangement to be a piece of,” said Law, who formally joined Arsenal in 2009 to work close by Gazidis and Wenger on exchanges and player contracts.
“That was the minute when all the work we had assembled during that time as far as going about as a unit, met up.
“In any case, the account of Ozil, is really called the narrative of Gareth Bale.”
Back in the late spring of 2013, there was one exchange adventure that commanded the news plan and that was Bale’s move from Spurs to Real Madrid.
Bundle had quite recently delighted in an incredible period in the Premier League and Madrid were frantic to carry him to the Bernabeu.
In any case, it was going to cost a ton to get him – particularly with Daniel Levy driving the dealings on Tottenham’s side – and that allowed Arsenal a chance to go in with the general mish-mash.
“Genuine Madrid, for the majority of their capability, truly extended themselves when they purchased Bale,” clarified Law. “They paid an exceptional measure of cash for him and they gave him an unprecedented contract, what that implied was they expected to sell someone. So it’s the Bale story that leads us to Ozil.
“We got signals from Madrid that they had players available to be purchased, so I flew out to meet with Jose Angel Sanchez, the general chief of Madrid, and he said that the club would consider selling Karim Benzema or Angel Di Maria – and he gave me a number.
“So I called Ivan and Arsene. We were all careful and incredulous, however the one thing we knew dependent on that gathering was they needed to sell somebody.”
Gazidis was in Turkey at the time as Arsenal were playing Fenerbahce in the Champions League, yet he promptly left the group lodging to travel to Madrid to join Law and proceed with chats with Sanchez.
Furthermore, it was the next morning that Ozil’s name was first raised.
“We plunked down with Jose Angel, who said that Ancelotti would not like to sell both of Benzema or Di Maria, however he would sell Ozil,” said Law.
“Long story short, Arsene was intrigued as we required that sort of player in midfield. Yet, we didn’t have the foggiest idea where Ozil stood.
“We requested to address him, however Madrid said they needed to first. I don’t believe that was a cheerful telephone call for Ozil. We at that point addressed him and his dad and business counsel flew over to London where we met with them.”
Talks advanced well over the next days and after that – with only 48 hours left of the window – the arrangement was prepared to be finished. Be that as it may, there was one major obstacle left in the manner. His name was Daniel Levy.
Tottenham’s executive still hadn’t endorsed the arrangement for Bale to move to Madrid and time was starting to run out.
The player was in Spain and Madrid were getting anxious. Munititions stockpile, in the mean time, realized that their north London opponents couldn’t get wind of the reality they were surrounding Ozil.
What’s more, things were additionally confounded by the little matter of a north London derby at the Emirates on the Sunday, only 36 hours before the end of the exchange window.
“We had settled an arrangement with Madrid,” said Law. “Ivan was there and I was presently in Munich with Ozil – and this was truly the morning of the Tottenham coordinate when Ivan calls me.
“He said that he couldn’t return to London for the match since he was wrapping up the understanding and that one of us should have been in the executives’ case or else Daniel Levy would get extremely apprehensive.
“Jose Angel had revealed to Ivan that Levy had called him and said the one final state of the Bale arrangement was Madrid couldn’t offer any players to Arsenal.
“Ivan’s reaction was that Levy was feigning since he’d effectively spent the Bale cash. Yet, despite everything he said to me that we couldn’t take a risk and inquired as to whether I could get from Munich to London to be in the chiefs’ crate in light of the fact that Tottenham were beginning to think something was going down.
“Along these lines, I got a trip at 11am, changed in transit and when I strolled into the executives’ container I saw Franco Baldini and Levy and they asked what I was doing. I said it was the derby, I wasn’t going to miss it.”
Olivier Giroud’s first-half objective guaranteed Arsenal took the boasting rights on the pitch that Sunday evening and soon thereafter affirmation got through that Bale had at last finished his transition to Madrid.
Law, in the interim, made a trip back to Germany to administer the last phases of the Ozil bargain, which must be finished by 11pm on the Monday night, while staying in close contact with the agreement group back at Highbury House made up of Svenja Geissmar (General Counsel), David Miles (Club Secretary) and Stuart Wisely (Chief Financial Officer).
Stockpile were doing their best to hold the exchange hush-hush, however they kept running into an issue when Law chanced upon a natural face at Ozil’s therapeutic.
“He was taking it in the Wohlfahrt facility in Munich and, obviously, we were attempting to keep it extremely calm,” reviewed Law.
“We met him there and, as we stroll in, over to one side is Lukas Podolski on the grounds that he was getting treatment for his hamstring that he had pulled half a month prior.
“That moment I called Arsene and stated, this news will be out on the grounds that Lukas can’t keep his mouth shut at best.”
Law included: “The administrator at that point got news that Manchester United were going to attempt to cut over the arrangement. So Ivan called me and requested that I man mark Ozil’s dad and business counsel in Munich.
“I needed to sit from 10am to 10pm in the bar at the Four Seasons accepting calls from the agreement group with inquiries concerning this proviso and that statement. They in the end drafted everything and sent it over for Ozil to sign.
“Obviously, this was all incident while Ozil was with the German national group so our entrance to him was somewhat constrained. Yet, we completed it.
“It was fantastic. Between the exchange expense and the compensation, it was the biggest arrangement ever of.”