Arsenal on Monday night signed Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil for a club record fee of £42.5million.
The striker was signed in a dramatic last minute swoop before the end of transfer deadline, after Ozil had undergone his medicals in Germany where he's currently on international duties.
Although details about the deal have not been officially disclosed, it is believed to be a five-year contract which could keep the German international at the Emirates stadium till 2018.
The transfer fee set a new high for Arsenal whose previous record transfer was the signing of Andrey Arshavin from Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2009 for £15million.
Mesut Ozil joined Real Madrid from German side Werder Bremen in 2010 after an impressive outing in the 2010 FIFA world cup, where he attracted the attention of top teams.
He was sought by teams like Barcalona, Arsenal and Manchester United and reports even claimed that a deal was struck for a transfer to Barca.
Instead, the midfield maestro signed for Barca's arch-rival Real Madrid in August 2010 for a fee that is believed to have been in the region of €15million.
The German international has spent three seasons at Madrid and featured for the Galacticos 158 times, netting 27 goals for Los Blancos.
The arrival of Ozil at Arsenal brings further respite to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who needed to reinforce his squad ahead of Arsenal's Champions League campaign and push for the Premier League title.
Wenger deserves some accolades as well for doing the needed and splashing the cash to bring in the experienced midfielder who having starred for one of the biggest clubs in the world, have seen it all and possess the exposure and experience Arsenal needs to convince sports fans the world over that they are title contenders this term.
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