Real Madrid's decision to sell Mesut Özil to Arsenal during the summer transfer window is now being rounded on by the partisan press, with newspaper Marca branding the German's departure as a 'historic mistake' by the Santiago Bernabeu club.
Özil left Madrid for London on transfer deadline day, with the 24-year-old joining Arsenal for a club record fee after Los Blancos had signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham at a whopping €100 million.
While Bale has yet to establish himself at Real Madrid, Özil has immediately settled at Arsenal, with the club winning every game since his arrival at the Emirates Stadium, and now sitting at the top of the Premier League table.
The midfielder scored his first goal for the Gunners in the defeat of Napoli on Tuesday, while he also provided an assist for Olivier Giroud, and Real Madrid's decision to allow the player to leave the club appears very foolish indeed.
Marca have now joined those openly criticising the sale of Özil, having initially supported the sanctioning of the deal, with the Madrid newspaper's deputy editor taking out an editorial to provide his opinion on the matter.
"The sale of Özil is an historic error. Real Madrid has got rid of its second best player," explained Santiago Segurola.
"He's a 24-year-old player who brought out the best in everyone around him, especially Cristiano Ronaldo, and the club has signed a player (Bale) of great physical condition at an extortionate price, which is what Florentino Pérez likes to do.
"I might be wrong, because Gareth Bale has joined late and has barely had a pre-season, but he seems to be a one-dimensional player, who is not so involved in the dynamic side of the game."