Real Madrid players have expressed their disappointment in the departure of playmaker Mesut Özil after he completed a £42.4 million move on deadline day.
Sergio Ramos was the first to express shock at the Germans transfer away.
“Mesut is a different player. If it was up to me he would be one of the last players to go. But he and the club have made their decision and I can only wish him the best. I get on really well with him. He’s a unique player and it’s a shame. These are personal things, he decides his future. Everyone chooses that’s best and he’s free to do what he wants.”
Alvaro Arbeloa was also surprised to hear of his move to the Emirates.
“I’m a little surprised, it’s a shame and it’s a big loss to the dressing room, on a footballing level and on a personal level too.”
“He said goodbye to us on Sunday, but I thought he was joking. He’s very different, there’s no play like him in the world. He makes the difference on the pitch.”
“He’ll have his reasons for moving. But we will keep looking forward, we have other great players. I understand it’s tough for the fans, they loved him. He is a phenomenon and got on well with everyone. It’s a real loss.”
It’s easy to see why Arsenal were willing to break their transfer record to land the German. He is a huge talent and will obviously be missed on and off the field by Madrid. Hopefully Gareth Bale can emulate his success there and he is the reason why Özil is no longer a Madridsta.