I think it is safe to say that a lot of people were left a little shocked when Mesut Ozil was suddenly linked to Arsenal during the last few days of the transfer window. The Arsenal fans were, of course, over the moon and when the deal was confirmed, they took over the social media with a storm.
The German player moved to Arsenal for a deal of £42.5million, which is now the biggest transfer in the history of the Gunners.
It was not just us fans who reacted. The players were shocked as well.
Former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa revealed that he initially thought that Ozil’s transfer to Arsenal was a joke.
‘I’m a little surprised about the transfer,’ Arbeloa said. ‘It’s a shame and a big loss in our locker room, personally and in footballing terms.
‘He said goodbye on Sunday, but I thought he was joking. Ozil is different, there is no one else like him in the world. He makes such a difference.’
Gareth Bale is facing a mini revolt at Real Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly added his name to the list of stars fuming at Mesut Ozil’s departure to Arsenal.
Former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is apparently angered at the transfer of Ozil because he enjoyed a great game with Ozil.
The sale of Ozil is bad news for me. He is the player who knows best my movements in front of goal. I am very unhappy about the sale,’ said the former Man United man.
Even Sergio Ramos was not very happy with the transfer.
‘It’s obvious that he is a special teammate and friend,’ said Ramos.
‘I’ve always had a real ‘feeling’ with him, and it’s a shame. He’s a great footballer, unique.
‘Everyone is free to choose the best for themselves, but if I were to decide what was happening at Madrid he would be one of the last who would be going.
‘But he has decided, and the club too. We have a great team and I hope it will be a big year [for us].’
Ozil has already become a fan-favourite at Arsenal.