There’s no official word from Arsenal but Goal.com has broken ranks and confirmed that Mesut Ozil is now an Arsenal player. The German creative midfielder has signed a five-year contract and have cot the Londoners around £40 million.
* BREAKING – Fox Sports News has also said this has been confirmed too. Sky Sports has tweeted deal will be confirmed at 6PM GMT.
The player went through his medical in Munich on Monday afternoon and has now put pen to paper and signed his new contract.
He is expected to be confirmed as an Arsenal player at around 6PM.
So Wenger’s insistence that Arsenal would sign a marquee player turned have turned out to have substance. Although some commentators and Arsenal fans suggest that they don’t necessarily need the player – Owen Hargreaves tweeted that he was unlikely buy as the club didn’t need him, Ozil’s record in creating and scoring chances will give the Gunners a real edge in the coming months.
His transfer could also be good news for Jack Wilshere, as the injury troubled Arsenal youngster might get a degree of breathing space as he seeks to find the fitness and the form that made him one of England’s most promising players.
Goal has also suggested that the news has been greeted with some surprise from Germany where the press don’t quite see Arsenal as being in the same league as Chelsea and Man United. It is worth remembering though that the Gunners made it further in the Champions League last season than two of the four English sides and only succumbed to the eventual winner Bayern Munich.
It will be interesting to see now who else the Gunners have on their shopping list and whether they will try for one last push for Angel Di Maria or Luis Suarez.
Incidentally the news hasn’t gone down well in Madrid. On the BBC site Spain football writer Andy West said: “For Madrid fans, Mesut Ozil’s departure makes this a bittersweet day. Although Gareth Bale’s arrival has prompted great excitement, Ozil was a fans’ favourite and there’s already a lot of debate over whether or not today’s moves will actually improve the team.”