Arsène Wenger has given Arsenal's supporters the statement signing they have craved with the €50m (£42.5m) purchase of the attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, a move that has nearly trebled the club's previous highest outlay on a player.
The manager had expressed the confidence that Arsenal's increased financial firepower would permit him to complete a deal for one of the biggest names on the market. At 10.30pm on Monday he could celebrate a coup.
Ozil becomes the third most expensive signing in British football history, behind Fernando Torres, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50m in 2011, and Carlos Tevez, who cost Manchester City £45m
The 24-year-old has agreed a five-year contract, which is worth a basic £150,000 a week, with bonuses on top, having completed a medical earlier in the day in Germany, where he was preparing with his national team for the World Cup qualifier against Austria on Friday.
There was jubilation from Wenger and the Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, with the latter describing Ozil as a "world-class player, who is one of Europe's brightest young talents". Gazidis also paid tribute to the support of the club's majority shareholder Stan Kroenke who, he said, "wants to see Arsenal winning titles and trophies and has absolute faith and belief in our manager to achieve that".
Source ; Guardian UK.