Arsenal Sign New No. 11, Mesut Ozil

By Aydin Reyhan
Mesut Ozil
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Arsenal have destroyed their transfer record by splashing the cash for Mesut Ozil, the German international attacking-midfielder from Real Madrid for 50 million Euros.

The money they spent showed that they truly mean business, but spending that much money on one player was definitely unexpected. Coach Arsene Wenger likes developing young talent or buying growing talent at a reasonable price. Well we all know what Ozil himself is capable of so paying a whopping amount for a proven player with pressure to do so finally mounted on him to break. This proves that Wenger does care about the club, the fans, his job and the fact that new blood from a bigger team was needed.

Whether a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 is the chosen system, Ozil is expected to be placed in a central-attacking role as he will be the main play-maker with Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott playing on either side of him. All three can run, pass and score, but the Turkish-German star has that special ingredient needed to keep a team playing attacking soccer consistently for a long period of time.

At Madrid, he wore the No. 10 for the past two seasons, and he wore it proudly with his brilliant play. Now, with the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, he was indirectly informed that he would be spending some time on the bench this season due to the arrival of the 21-year-old Isco who plays in the same position he does. Due to this, Ozil’s loyalty has changed in a  short amount of time.

Less than a week ago during a press conference, Ozil stated that he was quite happy in the Spanish capital and would continue to play his part in the upcoming success. However, after being benched over the weekend against Bilbao, his mind changed and sources were informed that he played a huge part in departing as the club still wanted him on board. However, due to Ancelotti’s preferred choice, he realized that getting as many minutes as he used would not be as likely any longer.

This move to Arsenal arrived at a decent time since the club were in need of a player like him and the Premier League is a new experience for the midfielder. One aspect of this league that could benefit his game is the physical one. In Spain, some challenges were made but none as serious as the PL where hard hits are almost like religion on a weekly basis. This is something the German needs since he was rather soft in Spain.

Ozil is a hard-working player who excels and prefers to stay in the attacking half but will definitely drop back when needed. He truly is worth the record-breaking amount of money spent to bring him to the Emirates.

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