Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he was very pleased to see Mesut Ozil leave Barcelona's arch rivals Real Madrid for the Emirates last summer, but can still scarcely believe the shock deal came off.
Ozil completed a stunning £42.4m move to Arsenal on transfer-deadline day, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger nearly trebling the club's previous transfer record to land the German international in the surprise switch of the summer.
Fabregas has declared that he ranked Ozil as the second best player at Madrid behind Cristiano Ronaldo heading into the campaign, but believes Real's loss is definitely Arsenal's gain and is delighted to see the Gunners sign a proven quality player.
He is quoted by the Daily Star as saying: "I was surprised by Ozil's move to Arsenal. He was the second best player at Real Madrid behind Ronaldo and it was surprising that he left.
"I'm glad he joined a club like Arsenal."
Arsenal have improved considerably this season with the help of Ozil, who has chipped in with four Premier League goals and eight assists to help Wenger's side sit top of the table after 20 matches.
Fabregas meanwhile has helped banish memories of summer exit talk to help Barca build a five-point lead over an Ozil-less Madrid in La Liga, scoring seven goals in 16 league games for the Catalan giants.