After a summer of shooting blanks on the transfer market, Arsenal became English Premier League’s biggest spender in on transfer deadline day, purchasing German international Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a club record $65 million. The 24-year-old signed a five-year deal worth close to $218,000 per week.
According to the Daily Mirror, the deal almost didn’t happen, as mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain swooped in to try and hijack the deal with a bigger offer, but the report claims that Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger managed to sweet talk the playmaker into joining the Gunners.
"I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League," Ozil said at his unveiling. "It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger. From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future."
Speaking to the club's official website, Wenger said: "We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil. He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.”
While Arsenal had also been looking for a striker to provide cover for Frenchman Olivier Giroud, deals for Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) and Demba Ba (Chelsea) didn’t go through.