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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil: Arsene Wenger was a big reason I joined

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has denied a claim that he had asked his agent to secure a return to La Liga if Arsene Wenger remains at the club next season.

The report in Don Balon, which was picked up by The Sun, said Germany international Ozil was frustrated by his lack of silverware under Wenger and had asked his agent to explore the possibility of a return to Spain.

The 27-year-old, who joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in a big-money deal in 2013, said there was no truth to the claims, writing on Twitter: "Have seen the media reports today.

"Arsene Wenger was a big reason for me joining Arsenal -- this hasn't changed! #Respect #AFC"

Ozil, who was recently linked with Barcelona, has yet to sign an extension to his contract and there have been concerns over his future

Wenger said in December that negotiations over a new deal would take place at the end of the season, while Ozil said he was in "no rush" to prolong his deal but was "very happy" at the Emirates Stadium

Ozil also told the April edition of Arsenal Magazine that he feels he has become more of a leader at the club this season.

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