Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has admitted that he doesn't understand why Real Madrid allowed German star Mesut Ozil to leave the Spanish capital this summer.
24-year-old Ozil, who joined Real from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen in 2010, left the Santiago Bernabeu after joining the Gunners for a club-record fee of £42.5 million in what was undoubtedly the highlight of deadline day.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's rather bold decision to disregard the increasingly frugal approach that has come to characterise the club's efforts in the transfer market in recent years has been subsequently lauded by the club's fans, with the experienced Frenchman put under considerable pressure to bolster his squad following the humiliating 3-1 defeat to Paul Lambert's youthful Aston Villa outfit on the opening day of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
A number of Wenger's own players have also spoken at their delight with Spanish international Cazorla, who has proved a big hit at the Emirates Stadium following his move from Malaga last summer, the latest to praise the German while also querying Real's decision to let him leave.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, 28-year-old Cazorla said: "I am very happy that Ozil is here. He is a spectacular player and we are very lucky (that) we are going to learn alongside him.
"I don't understand that (why Real Madrid sold him), (because) he is a unique player.You will have to ask the club for reasons why they sold them, but at the same time he didn't think he was getting the opportunities he deserved and luckily he has come to us.
"He is an important player and he is going to be very good for the team and the way we play. I hope he can help us fight against the big teams in the Premier League," he added.
Arsenal, whose form has markedly improved since that defeat to Villa with consecutive wins over London rivals Fulham and Tottenham in addition to the comfortable 5-0 aggregate triumph over Turkish side Fenerbahce that secured their place in this year's Champions League group stages, return to top-flight action on Saturday as they travel to Paolo di Canio's struggling Sunderland.