Santi Cazorla has admitted that upon hearing news that Arsenal had signed Mesut Ozil, he felt like a thrilled young fan.
The Gunners purchased Ozil in a club record deal on transfer deadline day, sending shockwaves through world football in the process.
Even Arsenal star Cazorla was surprised by the announcement, admitting he didn't believe it and felt like an excited child upon hearing the news.
Speaking to the Guardian, Cazorla said: ‘‘One day the manager said to us, 'We’ve signed Mesut, he’s going for his medical'…I was like a little kid. I knew that a great player was coming and because of the way he plays, he was going to be a perfect fit for us.
Ozil joined the club from Real Madrid and Cazorla says he is still finding it hard to believe why the La Liga club allowed the German international to leave the Bernabeu.
"I spoke to friends of mine at Madrid who told me that Mesut was talking to Arsenal and he wanted to leave. You think, “How are Madrid going to let Mesut get away?” He’s one of the best players in the world and the truth is you don’t really believe it.
“I was getting really excited. A great player's coming and one you know you're going to fit with, enjoy playing with. I was a fan, looking forward to it.”
The 28-year-old Spaniard also said he is loving the competitive environment in the Premier League and says that the increased competition adds to its appeal.
"In Spain it’s Madrid and Barcelona miles ahead of the rest," he added, "while in England there is Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. There are not many points between us. Southampton are there, too.
"In England everyone comes at you fast, strong and with great intensity. But if you can play two or three quick passes it opens up and you get space in the final third that you just don’t get in Spain.”
Arsenal face third placed Southampton at the Emirates tomorrow as they look to strengthen their position at the top of the league.
Theo Walcott is expected to return to face his former club whilst Cazorla is set to start alongside Ozil.