While the rest of the world mull over Gareth Bale’s record breaking transfer to Real Madrid, Arsenal fans are overjoyed at the recent impact of their new signing. Madrid fans on the other hand are far from impressed.
An old school number ten brimming with swag and skill, Mesut Ozil is an extremely gifted player. Gifted with an exceptional technical ability, the young German can do almost anything with the ball at his feet.
Jose Mourinho has been quoted saying that he is “the best number ten in the world. Everybody loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him” when asked of the young star. This is by no means an exaggeration by the 'Special One'.
Along with his flair and audacious style of play, Ozil has phenomenal ball control and can play anywhere across the midfield. His best position being in the hole, behind the strikers. He has also been known to contribute a goal or two through open play and even an occasional free-kick. But what will be missed the most are his assists to the team, 94 to be exact.
It is probably an understatement to say that much will be expected of the 24-year-old at Arsenal. Ozil will without a shadow of a doubt quickly become a fans favourite and slot seamlessly into a team that complements his attacking style of play.
Amidst all the excitement of the Arsenal fans, one should remember that this is an obvious statement of intent from the club, but should be seen as a starting point and not the board’s final answer. £40million was spent out of a possible £80million.
Arsenal cannot be seen as title contenders yet, but can surely avoid a scramble for Champions League football, a scenario that has become synonymous with the north London club. If further quality investments are continuously added to the squad, the Gunners should then find themselves once again as title contenders.
Contrary to the excitement felt by the Gunners faithful, Real Madrid fans are left feeling the opposite way. Ozil was a fan favourite at the Bernabeu. He would receive a thunderous applause from the crowd during the match and a rousing standing ovation after being substituted.
The extent of the Bernabeu faithful’s discontent is made apparent when you peruse the odd social networking site, or two. Even as Madrid purchased Bale, fans still question the decision to sell him.
One more thing that Mourinho said about Ozil was that “he would make history at Real Madrid”. But with all that done and dusted, we will never really know. One can only wonder what might have been, for a player that has yet to reach the heights he was destined to at the club.
Madrid better hope that their new Golden Boy Isco turns out to be the player everybody expects him to be; otherwise they might just rue the day the decided to sell Beethoven.
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