The North London club shattered their transfer record to land the 24-year-old in a £42.5 m deal from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day following failed bids for the likes of Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye.
The Gunners boss revealed that it would have been foolish not to close the deal when it became clear that Real Madrid were willing to offload the German international.
Speaking to theArsenal official website, he said:
You have to look at the quality first and when you have high expectation levels you can’t turn down a world-class player.
There was no special emptiness in that position but the quality was so big it was too difficult to say no.
I believe what is important is what you see when a team plays, the rest you have to cope with.
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Look at Bayern [Munich] the other night, they have [Javi] Martinez and [Mario] Goetze on the bench.
People said the team cost £92 million and Man City cost £190 million, but Bayern had over £100 million on the bench. That’s part of big clubs today, having big players on the bench.
The Gunners weren’t in the market for a midfielder in the summer as they already had the likes of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky. But when Wenger heard of Ozil’s availability he couldn’t help himself and broke the transfer record, and the deal is now paying dividends for Arsenal.
The attacking midfielder has had a massive effect on Arsenal as a team. In just five games he has contributed five assists and one goal and the Gunners seem to have taken their performances to a new level thanks to the German.
Ozil has amazing skill, technique, vision, intelligent movement and surprisingly his work rate has been truly exceptional. He is covering almost every blade of grass on the pitch, and in doing so he is bringing other players into effect. When he gets on the ball, his teammates know that he does not give the ball away cheaply which helps others to move higher up the pitch, thus creating more chances.
He might not have the physique to dominate the opposition but he negates that effect with his intelligent positional play and is always one step ahead of the opposition which makes him a deadly player to compete against. Many were disappointed not to see a striker arrive at the North London club but the effect Ozil is having at the moment is on par with having a new striker.
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