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Arsenal confirm Mesut Özil signing in record £42.4m deal

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Arsenal confirmed the £42.4million signing of Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Özil on Monday night, just 30 minutes before the close of the transfer window.

Arsene Wenger expressed delight at managing to complete the deal that eclipsed the Gunners previous transfer fee record of £15million, which they paid to Zenit St Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin in 2009.

Özil completed his medical in Munich after flying from Spain to link with the the German national team and spoke to Sky Sports Germany after agreeing a reported €7million-a-year five-year deal to join Arsenal.

"I look forward to my future with Arsenal. In talking with Arsene Wenger, I immediately sensed what had been missing, the wholehearted trust in me," he said.

"I will pay back the club and the fans in each game. Now I want to help the club to finally win a title."

The Arsenal boss was also delighted with acquiring the 24-year-old midfielder and revealed he had been watching the former Werder Bremen star for a while.

"We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil. He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level," Wenger told the official Arsenal website.

"We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player."

Fans of the Emirates Stadium club responded with glee on various social media and many commentators on the game labelled it the signing of the summer for Premier League clubs.

The deal was sparked by Real Madrid needing to recoup some of the world record £86million Gareth Bale transfer fee they paid Tottenham Hotspur for the Welshman. Bale was presented to Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday morning, with as many as 30,000 people turning out to see the ceremony.

Arsenal fans will have to wait a while before they get the chance to see Özil turn out in the red shirt, as he will take part in Germany's two World Cup qualifiers against Austria on Friday and the Faroe Islands the following Tuesday.

The away fixture at Sunderland on September 14 will be pencilled in as the first time Gunners fans get sight of their record signing.

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