The Gunners smashed their transfer record to bring the German to England for £42.5m, but it only went through because of Madrid’s pursuit of Bale.
Real were forced to spend a then-world record £85m for the Welshman and needed to redress the balance by selling one of their stars.
Details of Mesut Ozil’s deadline day move to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 have emerged
But Arsenal’s move was nearly scuppered at the 11th hour when Manchester United tried to hijack the deal.
Arsene Wenger’s former transfer negotiator, Dick Law, revealed to Goal, ‘The story of Ozil, is actually called the story of Gareth Bale.
‘We got signals from Madrid that they had players for sale, so I flew out to meet with Jose Angel Sanchez, the general manager of Madrid, and he said that the club would consider selling Karim Benzema or Angel Di Maria – and he gave me a number.’
Real’s boss at the time, Carlo Ancelotti, was reluctant to sell either but was open to selling Ozil, who had joined the club in 2010.
Arsene Wenger’s chief transfer negotiator, Dick Law, has revealed how Gunners kept deal quiet
Wenger was interested as he believed the squad lacked a playmaker in the style of Ozil.
The deal was ready to be done but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had still not sanctioned the deal to sell Bale to Madrid.
With just 36 hours of the transfer window left Arsenal faced Spurs in a north London derby.
Levy had tried to install a condition in the Bale deal that Madrid could not sell any of their players to Arsenal.
Law was in Munich with Ozil while chief executive Ivan Gazidis was in Madrid. Law had to fly back to be in the directors’ box for the match at the Emirates, so as not to arouse the suspicions of Levy.
Wenger was offered Ozil as Carlo Ancelotti did not see a future for him at the Bernabeu
A deal for Ozil only went through as Gareth Bale sealed world-record move to Real Madrid
Olivier Giroud’s goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory and Law travelled back to Germany to oversee the final stages of the deal.
Law continued: ‘The chairman then got news that Manchester United were going to try and cut across the deal. So Ivan called me and asked me to man mark Ozil’s father and business advisor in Munich.
‘I had to sit from 10am to 10pm in the bar at the Four Seasons taking calls from the contract team with questions about this clause and that clause. They eventually drafted everything and sent it over for Ozil to sign.’