Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil was one of the biggest deals of the summer and the Gunners are fortunate to have such a fantastic player.
World-class players are at a premium these days, but Arsenal has got one in their new £42.4million man.
There seems to be major surprise throughout the football world that Real Madrid have decided to sell the Germany international.
Even Germany boss Joachim Low has expressed his surprise at the Spaniards parting company with the little playmaker.
I must admit I was surprised when it was announced that Arsenal were in talks to sign him for two reasons. The first reason being that I was surprised that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would spend that much money, especially on one player.
Always the economist the Frenchman is definitely not accustomed to spending large sums of money, but he smashed Arsenal’s club record fee to capture the Germany international.
The second reason I was surprised was because he is so highly-regarded in the Spanish capital by both fans and seemingly teammates. He has also just come off the back of a superb season and his record of 47 assists in his time at Real really is incredible.
The main reasons that Ozil left Real in the end was Los Blancos’ need to create recoup some of the money they spent on Gareth Bale and the plethora of midfield options available to Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Real’s loss is Arsenal’s gain as Ozil really is a marquee player and they are few and far between in today’s game. According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Ozil was also attracting the interest of Premier League champions Manchester United.
Ozil was expecting United to come in with a bid for his services before the window shut, but it was Arsenal that put in an acceptable bid. I very highly doubt that the Gunners will regret that it was their club who signed the midfielder.
The signing of the former-Werder playmaker will hopefully show the world that Arsenal does really mean business. His signing will show top players that Arsenal are a club with ambition and can sign big players.
This summer has been one of frustration for Arsenal fans when it has come to the transfer market. I am sure that most Gunners fans are delighted with the signing of the German midfielder. However, I am also sure that most Arsenal fans know that Ozil will not cure all of all their team’s ills.
The signing of Mesut Ozil has to be the first step to Arsenal becoming a major force in the Premier League once again. He is the sort of world-class player that teams are built around, but Arsenal are still lacking in a number of other areas.
Ozil is not a strong centre-back, nor is he a defensive midfielder that shields the defence from other teams attack. The Germany international is also not a world-class striker, who will fire them to the Premier League title.
It really is unfortunate that the Gunners have not been able to keep hold of some of the players that have left in recent years. Imagine an Arsenal team with Cesc Fabregas, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla in midfield and Robin van Persie up front, that would have been an awesome prospect.
The signing of Mesut Ozil is still an exciting one. Arsenal now has one of the most exciting midfields in the top-flight. Ozil lining-up alongside Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott should be an exhilarating prospect for Arsenal fans.
I doubt that many teams will look forward to playing Arsenal in the coming months. The skill, intelligence and pace in the Arsenal midfield is enough to give many opposition teams sleepless nights.
The important thing for Arsenal over the next few months is to improve as a team and stay in the race at the top of the Premier League. However, come January it is vital that Arsene Wenger manages to add more quality to the team.
The signing of Mesut Ozil will give everybody involved with the club a lift, but it is unlikely to inspire the Gunners to be challengers for the Premier League title this season. The signing of Ozil has to be the start of Arsenal rebuilding a truly quality team.
However, if it not then Arsenal will stand still and the Ozil will become just another top player, who becomes disenchanted in an Arsenal team that is only capable of competing for a Champions League place.
Will Arsenal be able to build on the signing of Mesut Ozil?