Mesut Ozil becomes the latest world class player to grace the best league in the world, the English Premier League. But what will he add to his new club?
For starters, he adds a signing to Arsenal’s slow transfer window. Just two players came in with more than 15 being released.
Ozil becomes the Gunners’ most expensive transfer in their history. Arsenal’s precious record deal had been Andrey Arshavin at £15m from Zenit St Petersburg.
Theo Walcott spoke of his admiration for the player following his deadline day move, and looks forward to linking up with him after being a first-hand witness of Ozil’s capabilities.
Walcott and Ozil were opponents in the 2009 European Under-21 Championships Final when Germany thrashed England 4-0.
The Germany playmaker comes with a great track record since the 2010 Fifa World Cup. He was courted by several clubs, including Manchester United and Arsenal, but he made the switch from German club Werder Breman.
It was believed he cost just €15million.
He has 47 caps to date for his national side, and a very healthy 14 goals to his name. At Madrid, he scored 19 times in 105 appearances.
But what Arsene Wenger will most be concentrating on the most, his assists column.
Ozil has a fantastic record for the Spanish giants, who he helped with the La Liga tittle with in 2012. He was the top assists man in that campaign with 17.
Since his arrival in 2010, Ozil also holds the record for most Champions League assists with 14, four more than any other players.
In total, Mesut Ozil has 47 assists to his name in the last three seasons. That’s more than any other player in major European leagues, bar one Lionel Messi, who also has 47.
That tally of assists means he almost directly created more goals than Xavi and Andreas Iniesta put together.
His contribution has been incredible, and it’s not just on a club level either.
He provided 3 assists in each of the last two major championships, and has been one of the most successfully players in German history.
How he will fit in the arsenal side is another matter. Ozil surely has to play behind the front man, but hpw that will affect how Santi Cazorla and his position on the field.
Perhaps he will have to play out wide with Jack Wilshire and Aaron Ramsey holding? Or will Ozil have to play out wide?
For sure, Ozil will play and will make full value for his £42.million move and will keep Arsenal up with the top four challengers and hopefully end a eight-year trophy drought.
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