Germany and Real Madrid Star Joins The Gunners
Arsenal have broken their record transfer fee to bring German international Mesut Ozil to the Gunners from Real Madrid.
The German playmaker was the biggest signing on the final day of the (Northern) Summer transfer window, eclipsing news of Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid from Spurs, which was confirmed the day before.
The BBC reports
Arsenal have completed the £42.4m signing of Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil to break their club record by £27.4m.
Ozil, 24, has signed a five-year deal.
“I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League,” he said.
The Gunners have also signed Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, 27, but talks have broken down with Chelsea to sign striker Demba Ba, 28, on loan.
“It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger,” Ozil told Arsenal.com.
“From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future.”
Arsenal have failed in high-profile attempts to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, a former team-mate of Ozil at Real Madrid, this summer.
But they have now captured Ozil after Gareth Bale’s world-record £85.3m switch from Tottenham to Real triggered further deals on the final day of the transfer window.
The move easily surpasses the £15m they paid Zenit St Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin in 2009.
Arsenal manager Wenger said: “He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.
“I have said throughout the summer that we have been working hard to bring in top quality players to this football club.
“This has involved many many people across the club and I have always had the full support of the club in making decisions on the football side.”
Germany international Ozil joined Real from Werder Bremen three years ago for a fee believed to be about £12.4m and has played 155 times for the club.
Going into transfer deadline day, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had previously made only two signings – striker Yaya Sanogo, 20, and midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 29, arriving on free transfers.
But the signing of Ozil, who helped Real win La Liga in 2011-12 and was named in Uefa’s team of the tournament at Euro 2012, delivers a signal of intent to the Gunners’ Premier League rivals.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “This is an exciting day for all of us. We have signed a world-class player who is one of Europe’s brightest young talents.
“Mr Kroenke, our controlling owner, has always fully supported Arsene and the club in making significant investments to strengthen our squad and to bring in talented players who fit our style and ambitions.
“Like all of us, Mr Kroenke wants to see Arsenal winning titles and trophies and he has absolute faith and belief in our manager to achieve that. We will continue to work towards that goal and look forward to an exciting season.”
There is no doubt that this is landmark capture for the club and probably gives Arsenal the strongest midfield in the Premiership, possibly the whole of Europe. Ozil provided a phenomenal amount of goal assists at Real Madrid and no doubt will bring that to Arsenal. But I can not help thinking that Arsene Wenger has failed to strengthen where it is most needed.
It’s great that he has brought in a new Goal Keeper. As good as Szczesny and Fabianski are at stopping shots, they are both prone to making poor decisions and mistakes that lead to goals. I know little about Emiliano Viviano, but hopefully the competition between the three will see Arsenal develop the reliable keeper that they require.
However, no one has been brought in to fill the vulnerable and under manned central defensive positions. We now have only three recognised players to cover the two positions and one of those, Vermaelen, is already unfit to play.
Admittedly Bacary Sagna has done well when he has covered that role and Carl Jenkinson has deputised for him at right back. But we can only hope that injuries and suspensions are kept to a minimum in that area, until the January window when Wenger can go shopping again.
Arsenal’s next match is away to Sunderland on Saturday 14th September. There is no Premier League football this weekend, due to international World Cup qualifying fixtures.
By Max Power