Arsenal's transfer activity for much of the summer looked likely to end in despair, with the Gunners failing to attract any marquee signings to the Emirates. Deals for Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuian and Luis Gustavo failed to come to fruition.
However, on deadline day they managed to complete the signing of one of the worlds best midfielders with the acquisition of Real Madrid playmaker; Mesut Ozil. The clubs new transfer record fee of £42.5M completely shatters their previous record which stood at a paltry £17M.
Ozil joins fellow deadline day signing Emiliano Viviano at Arsenal. The Palermo keeper joins Arsenal on a season-long loan deal and will provide competition for Wojceich Szczesny. The other two signings for Arsenal are free transfers with former Arsenal fan favourite Mathieu Flamini rejoining the club and under-21 France international Yaya Sanogo is also an addition.
While there were a few additions at Arsenal in the past week, there was also a mass exodus with no less than 22 players leaving the club, the most significant player to leave being Gervinho.
It leaves their wage bill in a far more healthier position along with offloading deadwood. It does however leave their squad light on numbers and even the signing of Ozil doesn't negate their midfield deficiencies.
When a world-class player becomes available, you cannot neglect that however and Arsenal are the perfect fit for the 24 year-old. Despite Arsenal's clear creative talent that they possess, the signing of Ozil will add even more panache to a quality-filled midfield.
Ozil expressed his delight at joining Arsenal, saying: "I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League."
"It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with (manager) Arsene Wenger.
"From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future."
It's a star signing that could be massively influential and decisive, but their lack of a combative, dominant midfielder is still yet to be addressed. While besides inexperienced Yaya Sanogo - Olivier Giroud is Arsenal's only natural striker.
There is plenty of quality in Arsenal's team, but they are still light in numbers and injuries to key players could expose that. The signing of Ozil gives Arsenal the upper hand of North London rivals Tottenham, but a title challenge is still a tall order.
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