Arsenal sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid

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Arsenal have splurged 42.4 million pounds to sign Germany attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Following the departure of Ricardo Kaka to AC Milan, Mesut Ozil is the second star player to leave Real Madrid in less than 24 hours.

In the latest interview, he quoted the reasons for leaving Spanish Primera Division.

Ozil felt disappointed that his playing time will be limited at Real Madrid with the acquisition of Gareth Bale. He wants to play regularly to be in peak form for World Cup next year.

At the same time, Real Madrid want to cash in on Ozil after paying 100 million euros for Gareth Bale.

SoccerPunter is confident that Mesut Ozil will be an important asset to Arsenal because of his pace and passing ability which will fit into the Gunners playing style perfectly.

Ozil completed a medical in Munich on Monday afternoon and Arsenal subsequently announced on their website that he had signed a “long-term contract”.

“We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

“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.”

Ozil told the Arsenal website: “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 Arsene Wenger.

“From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future.”

Ozil’s arrival represents a huge coup for Wenger, who has come under unprecedented pressure from the club’s fans to sign new players during the current transfer window.

Traditionally reluctant to spend money, Wenger had only signed 20-year-old French forward Yana Sanogo from Auxerre and brought Mathieu Flamini back to the club following a spell at AC Milan prior to Ozil’s arrival.

Amid an ongoing eight-year trophy drought, it fuelled accusations that the club lacked ambition, especially after the successive departures of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie over the last two years.

However, Ozil’s signing represents a serious statement of intent, particularly as Arsenal had never previously spent more than 15 million pounds on a single player.

“I have said throughout the summer that we have been working hard to bring in top quality players to this football club,” Wenger added.

“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 joined Madrid from Werder Bremen for a fee of around 12.4 million pounds in August 2010 after shining in Germany’s run to the semi-finals at that year’s World Cup in South Africa.

The richly talented left-footer played a starring role as Madrid romped to the Liga title under Jose Mourinho in 2012, but his position at the Bernabeu was put under threat by the close-season signings of Isco and Bale.

A third-generation Turkish-German from Gelsenkirchen in west Germany, Ozil began his career with local club Schalke before joining Bremen in 2008.

He has scored 14 goals for Germany in 47 appearances and becomes the most expensive German footballer in history.

He will encounter several familiar faces at the Emirates Stadium, with Germany colleagues Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski already on Arsenal’s books.

Arsenal also announced the signing of Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, 27, from Palermo on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

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