Mesut Ozil completes move to Arsenal
The Germany playmaker signed on Monday for 50 million euros ($66 million) as Arsenal produced an emphatic response to the demands of fans. Arsenal has benefited from the ripple effect of Madrid spending 100 million euros to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham.
Ozil's signing easily outstrips Arsenal's previous largest transfer - 15 million pounds (then $21.3 million) for Andrey Arshavin in 2009.
"It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with (manager) Arsene Wenger," said Ozil in a statement. "From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future."
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.
"I have said throughout the summer that we have been working hard to bring in top quality players to this football club," added Wenger in a statement. "This has involved many, many people across the club and I have always had the full support of the club in making decisions on the football side.
"Mesut is a top quality footballer who will be a fantastic addition to our talented squad. We are all looking forward to him joining up with us after his international matches with Germany and working with us as an Arsenal player."
dear fans of real madrid, thank you very much for three wonderful years with all of you. my time at real madrid... http://t.co/waVrnHbuDL— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) September 2, 2013
Before Sunday's 1-0 win over Tottenham, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had seen moves for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye all fail to come off.
The Associated Press was used in this report.