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Mesut Ozil to Arsenal: How the deal of the day unfolded

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It was the biggest incoming Premier League deal of the day, and it encapsulated everything that is good about transfer deadline day.

There was hours upon hours of waiting for Mesut Ozil's switch to Arsenal to be confirmed, to the point where Sky Sports' man outside the Emirates said the deal would be announced "sooner rather than later" so often it begged the question; just when does sooner actually become later?

Here at GiveMeSport we kept you updated throughout deadline day and all its twists and turns, it's tension and it's drama - and it was one story that dominated them all, even above Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid.

So Arsenal fans, do you want to relive the day that you smashed your record transfer fee and signed one of the best players in the world? Of course you do - here's how the dramatic story unfolded throughout deadline day.

To set the scene: Reports emerged on Sunday evening that Arsenal were making a move for Mesut Ozil, who had previously insisted he was staying put in Spain.

With Gareth Bale on his way to Real Madrid, Arsenal sensed an opportunity....

09.39am - Get excited Arsenal fans - Spanish football expert Guillem Balague Arsenal have agreed a €45 + €5m fee for playmaker Mesut Ozil!

09.44  - Sky Sports are now saying Manchester United have "made contact" with Real Madrid over Mesut Ozil....We'll have more up on that story soon - Sky Sports saying for now that a deal for Marouane Fellaini remains the most likely outcome.

10.12 - This from The Guardian's Daniel Taylor, is not what Man United fans will want to read....

"Just to put this one to bed, Man Utd are definitely not taking on Arsenal for Mesut Ozil. #MUFC #AFC"

10.33 - Is it OK to lift directly from a rival deadline day blog? Well let's find out....

This is from the Guardian's Sid Lowe, who has the skinny on all things La Liga:

"Real Madrid are presenting Mesut Ozil as a man who pushed for an exit (essentially because he lacked stomach for competition and wants more money) but they are very happy that there is such a big bid for him.

"If departures fall into place (Ozil, Kaka), Madrid will try again for Luis Suarez. Liverpool have so far been unequivocal that he is not going, though.

11.28 - Some big news from CNN's Tancredi Palmeri about the future of Mesut Ozil - listen up Arsenal and Manchester United fans:

"ARSENAL'S BID FOR OZIL HAS BEEN OUTBID BY PSG 2 MINUTES AGO!" Says the excited Italian.

11.32 - Right, things are getting a little confusing - this from John Cross of the Mirror, who certainly knows his stuff with all things Arsenal:

"I'm hearing Mesut Ozil is agreed and done to Arsenal as a permanent deal."

"Ozil is on international duty with Germany and will have medical there. He is keen to come. But the deal is done in principle."

11.41 - Follow-up on the Ozil story from Jeremy Wilson from the Daily Telegraph:
"Transfer record fee between Arsenal and Real Madrid agreed...now down to Mesut Ozil who is in Germany."

Wilson adds that personal terms have not been agreed and it isn't a sure thing that they will be. Deal, as we mentioned earlier is believed to be worth €45 + €5m.

12.42pm - Guillem Balague is on fire; the Spaniard is on Sky Sports while simultaneously tweeting the following:

"Ozil passing medical at Arsenal in Germany... Di Maria doesn't want to leave, let's see. And Herrera to United is still a possibility."

Just had word on the grapevine that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed during Gareth Bale's unveiling that he has accepted two bids for Mesüt Ozil. Not substantiated as yet though - we'll hopefully have more on that shortly.

12.55 - Update from Sky Germany. They say that Mesut Ozil underwent a medical check in Munich and is yet to hook up with the rest of his Germany national team-mates having asked manager Joachim Low for extra time away from the group to sort out his future. He should be back with them by 2pm this afternoon.

They also say Ozil didn't want to leave Real Madrid but has been forced out following the arrival of Gareth Bale. 

13.49 - Update from Germany and former pro Jan Aage Fjortoft: "Özil is right now doing his medical in Munich (Bild) by Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt.No Confirmation,but getting very close now Arsenal-fans."

14.51 - Jan Aage Fjortoft ‏has the latest on Ozil's move to north London. Time to get excited Gooners... 

"Great news for Arsenal-fans. I understand that there is verbal agreement between Arsenal and Özil. My source: Just signature missing!"

15.31 - Looks like Arsenal's move for Mesut Ozil is almost over the line. The Daily Mail say Ozil will be unveiled by the Gunners at 4.30pm, so in just over an hours time.

The Mail's Alex Kay says: "My source in Spain is telling me that Ozil to Arsenal will be announced at 4.30pm English time.

"That would be an incredible coup. And what an introduction to the glamour of the Premier League it would be for him. First up? Sunderland away."

The paper adds that Ozil will become Arsenal's highest paid player (which would put him at about £150,00-per-week) and will sign a five-year deal.

15.38 - Looks like Bild have backed up Alex Kay's story that Ozil will be announced shortly. What a signing that is for Arsenal (even though, strictly speaking, they don't need him).

The Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson is not expecting Chelsea to complete any more business before the window shuts, but they have let a player go out on loan, Sam Hutchinson, to Vitesse Arnhem.

16:37 - Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has retweeted a comment from boxer Felix Strum about Ozil's move to Arsenal. The announcement should be soon....

17.14 - Boom! Mesut Ozil has completed his move to Arsenal.....say Goal.

18:05 - BREAKING! Palermo have confirmed goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has joined Arsenal on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to buy. Still waiting for Özil confirmation, however.

21:46 - Sorry for the delay, bit of a technical glitch. There's been a fair bit of news.According to John Cross of The Mirror, Demba Ba won't be going to Arsenal and the Gunners will not be doing anymore business, though there is yet to be any confirmation of the Özil deal.

22:16 - Spanish journalist Guillem Balague says the Manchester United deal for Ander Herrera is off and there is a suggestion people said to be representing the Premier League champions may not have been authorised to do so.

Meanwhile, BBC Sport's David Ornstein claims Arsenal will announce the record signing of Mesut Özil very very soon.

22:32 - There we have it - Arsenal's £42.5million signing of Mesut Özil from Real Madrid is official.

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