Mesut Ozil has confirmed he’s joined Arsenal for a fee thought to be in the region of £42 million.
The 24-year-old, who has played 155 times for the Spanish giants since moving to the Bernabeu three years ago, signs a five-year deal having reportedly completed his Gunners medical in Germany ahead of his country’s World Cup qualifiers with Austria and the Faroe Islands.
The poster boy of Germany’s new generation of talent, Ozil first came to international attention during Werder Bremen’s run to the final of the 2009 UEFA Cup before consolidating his burgeoning credentials at the 2010 World Cup where he started every game for Joachim Low’s side.
Snapped up by Madrid for a bargain €15 million he quickly settled in Spain becoming integral to Jose Mourinho’s midfield. In the last five years he’s made 72 assists, more than anyone across Europe’s top leagues, and has 58 career goals to his name. It’s little wonder we’ve had to stump up big cash.
To put things in context the fee make Ozil the most expensive German player of all time, beating the record paid by Bayern Munich for Mario Gotze earlier in the summer, and fifteenth in the list of all-time high transfers nestled next to the likes of Falcao (Atletico – Monaco), Shevchenko (AC Milan – Chelsea) and Mendieta (Valencia – Lazio).
Arseblog News is naturally delighted that after a traumatic summer the club has finally put it’s money where it’s mouth is by recruiting a player who undeniably fits the bracket of ‘top, top quality.’ It’s a statement of intent, the likes of which we’ve not made for the best part of a decade, although it sounds as though we owe Per Mertesacker a pat on the back for persuading his former teammate to make the switch.
It’ll be interesting to see where the boss deploys him given we’ve strengthened the one position in the pitch where we actually have options. Classic Arsene heh…