Arsenal has made their first major signing during the transfer window in years when they smashed the club record to buy Germany’s play maker Mesut Ozil from Read Madrid just minutes before the transfer window deadline on Monday.
The 24 year old player cost about £42.5 million, eclipsing the previous highest of £15 million paid for Russian Andriy Arshavin in 2009.
“We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil,” manager Arsene Wenger said on the club website.
“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.”
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis added: “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.”
Mesut Ozil scored 19 goals 104 La Liga games over the three season at Real Madrid and his move from the Bernabeu follows Gareth Bale‘s world record 100 million euros transfer to Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur.
“I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League, said Ozil
“It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger.
“From our negotiations it is clear the club have huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future.”
Ozil had earlier flown from Madrid to Munich to link up with the Germany squad preparing for their World Cup qualifiers against Austria on Friday and the Faroe Islands next Tuesday.
“We’re all looking forward to him joining up with us after his international matches and working with us as an Arsenal player,” said Wenger.
“I have said throughout the summer that we have been working hard to bring in top quality players,” he said after signing long-term target Ozil.
“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.”
Ozil wrote on Facebook: “Dear fans of Real Madrid, thank you very much for three wonderful years with all of you. My time at Real Madrid was unique and special for me.
“Sometimes things develop differently than I would have expected them to a few days ago. Although I’m leaving Real Madrid I wish you and the team the very best for the future. Now I’m looking forward to my new club: THE GUNNERS!” – Eurosports