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Manchester United interim head coach, Ralf Rangnick, backed out of talks to become Arsene Wenger’s successor at Arsenal a few years ago after the Gunners opted to hand playmaker, Mesut Ozil, a lucrative new contract.

Ozil appeared destined to leave Arsenal on a free in the summer of 2018, only for the North London club to hand him a three-year deal worth £350,000-a-week.

Following Arsenal’s decision on Ozil, Wenger left the club within six months of the midfielder’s renewal.

According to Kicker, Rangnick was among the leading candidates to replace Wenger at Emirates.

Arsenal had already made contact with the 63-year-old German prior to confirmation of the decision to end Wenger’s 22-year reign.

Rangnick was said to have been keen on the role, prepared to leave his position at Red Bull Salzburg and return to coaching, but was frustrated by Arsenal opting not to consult him on Ozil’s contract, a decision that had lasting and damaging ramifications on the Premier League side.

Meanwhile, Ozil eventually left Arsenal for Fenerbahce this year after spending eight years with Mikel Arteta’s side.

EPL: How Ozil stopped Rangnick from becoming Arsenal manager

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