Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes that signing Mesut Ozil proves that they are finally a force in the transfer market.
Arsene Wenger almost tripled Arsenal's transfer record to bring the German international from Real Madrid last summer. The £42.4m deal stood as a watershed moment for the Gunners, who have endured years of austerity thanks to their stadium move in 2006.
Szczesny believes that signing Ozil sent a message out to the whole of Europe that Arsenal are, once again, a force to be reckoned with in the transfer market.
“The transfer of Ozil is a signal to the whole Europe: we can afford anyone,” Szczesny told Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy.
“The club have signed new commercial contracts, we play in the Champions League every year and we have no debts."
Szczesny recently committed his long-term future to the club and also said that he would happily sign a life-long contract with the Gunners if offered to him. However, he insists that he is not keen to stay because of the increasing funds coming in to the club. He genuinely believes Arsenal is now the place to be for the best footballers.
"I didn't sign long term with Arsenal because of the money," he said. "I believe there’s no better place for me.
"A few years ago we were like Borussia Dortmund, our best players were taken by others. Now we can afford Ozil.”
Szczesny has solidified his position as Arsenal's number one goalkeeper this season, keeping a Premier League leading 13 clean sheets so far this season.