Reports have emerged today that Mesut Özil may have been forced to leave Real Madrid to make room for Gareth Bale. The Gunners completed a move for the German for £42.4 million on deadline day making him the second highest British transfer behind Chelsea’s Fernando Torres.
Özil was a fan favourite at the Bernabeu and despite speculation regarding his future, the player openly admitted his plans to stay at Madrid only a few days ago. However, developments in the Bale saga meant that Madrid had to sacrifice one of their stars to accommodate him and the German had to make way.
Signs had shown that Özil could have been the player to make way with a nearly substitution a few weeks ago added with their recent 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, where the German didn’t get off the bench.
The quality of the playmaker is no secret and so naturally there was competition for his signature but Arsenal showed they are a still a major force beating Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain to the signing.
Özil, who is now also the most expensive German player eclipsing Mario Götze who recently joined Bayern Munich for £31 million, will link up with fellow Germans Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, although the former is sidelined until Christmas.
“I’m really looking forward to it because I have the faith of the coach.”
“I had spoken to him at length on the telephone and he explained his plans and that he has faith in me and that is what I need as a player.”
“I’m also looking forward to being on the same team as Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker.”