On transfer deadline day Arsenal made an announcement that took the Premier League by storm. A signing of intent. An addition that would make Arsenal a team to watch this season. The Gunners acquired the services of Mesut Ozil, from Real Madrid for a fee of £42,5m on a five-year-deal. A player known for his big eyes as well as his lethal left-foot.
In recent seasons, the North Londoners have been known for their ultra conservative approach on finances. On paper, Arsenal’s idealistic approach on finances made the club an economic model for FFP , the club’s board of directors seem to feverishly follow the mantra “profits first and the rest later”. Seemingly, this approach has made the club debt free but it also has made many fans revolt because of an astronomical increase in prices for season tickets. In addition, as a result of being notoriously thrifty with money, performances on the pitch have painted a very grim tale.
A team once feared for its technical prowess and fluidity, were now on the hinges of a top three as recent seasons suggest. Loyalists stress on the fact that Arsenal have not won any silverware since 2005. Fans were up in arms over the lack of spending during the summer transfer window and the now famous “spend, spend, spend!” chant rang around Emirates as the team when down 3-1 to Aston Villa on opening day.
Things began to turn for the better when Le Proffesur’s men managed to bag victories over Turkish side, Fenerbache to qualify for the Champions League while on the domestic front beating London rivals Fulham and North London rivals Tottenham. It is fair to say that, Arsenal have made a good start to the season despite having to only sign French U-20, Yaya Sanago and Mathieu Flamini back from Ac Milan on a free transfer.
Most England fans will remember how he helped the Germans blitz a rather lack luster England side during the quarter finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Where Frank Lampard’s goal which was controversial disallowed. A dismal England which summed a poor outing at the World Cup.
The 24-year-old German international has made 47 caps for the national team along with 14 international goals and has won silverware in Spain with Real Madrid and Germany, with Werder Bremen. Known for his quick feet and outstanding technical ability A football alchemist. The Gelsenkirchen native was part of Schalke’s youth set up but eventually left for Werder Bremen on the back of a dispute with the club’s management in January 2008.
Ozil made an immediate impact at Bremen. Initially was responsible for filling the void left by Brazilian playmaker Diego, Ozil made his own name by scoring the winning goal in Bremen’s DFB-Pokal cup triumph and helping the side reach the final of the last ever Uefa Cup.
His debut season in 2010/11 as a Madrid player brought an astonishing 25 assists for the German, higher than any other player in any major European league competition and it further propelled as one of the most exciting midfield prospects in the game.
Ozil further became a dedicated servant to the Madridista cause during the 2011/12 campaign which saw the Spanish giants win La Liga under manager Jose Mourinho stealing the title from rivals, Barcelona. Ozil again at the top of the assists chart, this time with 17. Consequently, his from that season saw him nominated for the Uefa Best Player in Europe Award.
Arguably his most successful season, 2011/12 saw the midfielder’s reputation grow even further following his integration into the Uefa Euro Team of the Tournament and the Uefa Team of the Year as he footballing ability was recognized at both club and international levels.
Ozil’s departure would have a huge effect on Ronaldo who had his fair share of assistance from the German’s left feet. Nevertheless, the humble German was in the shadow of the best players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Mesut Ozil’s arrivial on to the Premier League not only benefits Arsenal. It also helps the Premier League to maintain its reputation as the best league in the world. This season promises to be a cracker.