Mesut Ozil was already a favourite among Arsenal fans when he dedicated himself to the club for three more years in January 2018.
The German’s contract was winding down and there were fears that he would walk away in the summer for nothing.
But Ozil put pen to paper on a new contract that runs until the summer of 2021.
It means Arsenal will get Ozil for the best years of his playing career.
He signed for the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013 in a deal worth £42.4 million, which was then a club-record fee, and he hasn’t disappointed.
He’s helped the Gunners to three FA Cup victories and provided a remarkable 19 assists in the 2014-15 campaign.
Real Madrid had signed Gareth Bale and Isco in the summer of 2013, and James Rodriguez would arrive the following year, making the decision to let Ozil leave a little easier.
What Ramos said about Ozil
But that doesn’t mean the players weren’t affected, with Sergio Ramos expressing just how upset he was with the transfer.
“He is a teammate and a friend; he's different. Mesut is a different kind of player,” Ramos said, per Marca.
“If it were up to me, he would be one of the last ones to go. But Ozil and the club have made the decision and I can only wish him the best."
"I got on really well with him. He is a unique player and it makes me sad. These are personal matters and he is free to choose what he wants.”
A classy reaction from Ramos.
The Real Madrid defender has been in the news lately as his spat with Dejan Lovren continues, but his comments about Ozil show what he’s all about.
Los Blancos have continued to succeed in the years since Ozil's departure, making the Champions League their own.
And Ozil is now one of the leaders at Arsenal under Unai Emery; he will play a crucial role in the Spanish coach's attempts to return the Gunners to the top.