Arsenal is not known for it’s big signings, particularly under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger, which is partly why it was so surprising to see the second biggest transfer in British history completed just before the transfer window shut. The addition of Mesut Ozil silenced the outcry against Wenger, and for good reason. As stated, £42.5 million definitely qualifies as a ‘big signing.’
Most times, it takes new signings a match or two to get acclimated to a new style of play. Ozil was coming over from Real Madrid, so such acclimation would appear to be necessary. Wenger did nab Ozil a week before international break, so the team would have an additional week to meld, which proved to be quite useful.
The 24-year old prolific German international wasted no time getting into the action. In the 11th minute, Ozil’s second possession of the game went for a beautiful assist to Olivier Giroud to put Arsenal up 1-0. After that, it was all clinical for Ozil, who continued feeding spectacular passes into the box, several of which should have been converted by Theo Walcott.
While it was Aaron Ramsey‘s two goals that stole the day, Ozil combined with Jack Wilshere to show the creativity that Arsenal needs coming out of the central midfield slots. Arsenal controlled nearly 75 percent of possession, so the domination was apparent from the get go.
The addition of Ozil may indeed be that final push that Arsenal needed to get back into trophy contention. It’s only four games in, but they are playing at the top of their game.