Arsenal have completed the signing of 24-year-old Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil.
The fee payed for the player is in the region of £42.5 million which smashes the club's record transfer. Given the lack of signings throughout the transfer window this signing will come as a huge relief to the Arsenal faithful.
Ozil has made 158 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 27 and will join fellow German internationals Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker at the Emirates. Ozil has made 72 in the last five seasons, more than any other player in Europe.
Ozil is a player with vast experience having played in the Champions League and was a star for Germany at Euro 2012 and World Cup 2010 where he was nominated for the Golden Ball.
Speaking after he move, Ozil said: "I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League.
"It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with (manager) Arsene Wenger.
"From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future."
Wenger added: "We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil.
"He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time, as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.
"Mesut is a top quality footballer who will be a fantastic addition to our talented squad. We are all looking forward to him joining up with us after his international matches with Germany and working with us as an Arsenal player."
Arsenal fans will have to wait to get their first glimpse of their new signing, with Ozil currently on international duty with Germany.
Having signed on transfer deadline day, there is now a two-week break before Premier League action resumes, with crucial World Cup qualifiers wedged into the early stage of the season.
Ozil's first Arsenal appearances is likely to be the trip to the Stadium of Light, as Arsenal travel to Sunderland to take on Paolo Di Canio's side on September 14.
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