The German international joined Arsenal from Real Madrid where he made a total of 159 appearances in three years. During his stint with Madrid he won both La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
Özil completed a medical in Munich on Monday afternoon and spoke about his ambitions at new club Arsenal and how Arsene Wenger’s faith in him as a professional helped convince him to sign the contract.
Speaking to Arsenal official website, he said :
I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsène Wenger.
From our negotiations it is clear the Club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future.
Arsene Wenger who has come under unprecedented pressure from the club’s fans to sign new players. The Arsenal manager was delighted to have landed a player of such a high caliber. Speaking to the club’s official website, he said :
We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil. 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.
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Mesut is a top quality footballer who will be a fantastic addition to our talented squad. We are all looking forward to him joining up with us after his international matches with Germany and working with us as an Arsenal player.
Ivan Gazidis, the club’s chief executive, also issued a statement in which he specifically outlined the faith of majority owner Stan Kroenke in the club’s manager. He 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.
The German joined Madrid from Werder Bremen for a fee of around £12.4 million in August 2010 after shining in Germany’s run to the semi-finals at that year’s World Cup in South Africa. He has scored 14 goals for Germany in 47 appearances and becomes the most expensive German footballer in history.
I think this is our Fabregas replacement, at last. Our midfield is our strongest area, but we have missed a player who can make those inch-perfect passes through the opposition defense. I won’t be surprised if Arsenal score a lot more goals this season with players like Özil, Cazorla, Rosicky and Ramsey behind him.
Özil is one of the most exciting signings for Arsenal in recent years. He is still only 24 years old and has a chance to be one of the best in the world at his position and will add more creativeness to the team. He is definitely the Marquee signing the fans have been waiting for and i should say that Wenger has chosen the right player.
This deal didn’t look possible even on Monday morning, but Wenger who said he will surprise fans after Tottenham win has stood to his word in a big way. However Wenger failed to strengthen the forward line which was also a necessity and might effect us considering the long season ahead .
Will Özil be enough to end our trophy drought, only time will tell. But it is time to cheer that Arsenal have finally showed intent in the transfer market and signed a world class talent. I can’t wait to see him play in the red and white!
What do you say Gunners?