ENGLAND - Mesut Oezil joined the Germany camp as a Real Madrid player. He will leave the Faroe Islands a Gunner.
It's a damning indictment of both Madrid and Manchester United.
On the eve of Germany's stroll through the Faroe Islands, their most prized practitioner admitted he joined Arsene Wenger first and Arsenal second.
He put the name in the dugout ahead of the one on the jersey.
The Frenchman benefited from Oezil's practical thinking. David Moyes didn't.
The Manchester United manager is learning the hard way that a job at a top company without the relevant experience carries as much weight as a gold-trimmed name card. There's style, but no substance.
The game's most accomplished students are inevitably drawn to its most respected teachers.
A club's reputation only counts for so much. The modern footballer is swayed by the manager's resume.
As Oezil pointed out, Wenger didn't sell Arsenal Football Club to the astute German international, he sold himself.