Arsenal may have pulled off one of the surprise transfers of the window with the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil however the stunning swoop has not been met with universal acclaim.
Ozil moved to London in a stunning £42.5 million deal on Monday, breaking four transfer records in the process (Arsenal’s record signing, biggest German deal, Madrid’s record sale and the Premier League top transfer from another league) to become the marquee signing that Arsenal and their fans so desperately craved.
However while Gooners are smiling, his manager at International level, Joachim Low has been left baffled by Real Madrid’s decision to offload the playmaker.
Speaking in the build up to his side’s World Cup Qualifying clash with Austria Low revealed his surprise at the deal telling reporters “Many Real players like Sami Khedira or Cristiano Ronaldo are sad about the transfer,”
“For me, it’s incomprehensible that Real would sell one of their top scorers.” Before adding that he believed the player would improve under the guidance of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
“I think that Mesut is a sensitive player who needs a lot of trust from the club and the coach,”
“What I’ve heard the last days before this transfer, is that this trust had disappeared in Madrid. Arsenal and Wenger put a lot of effort in to get him, which did him, of course, a lot of good.
“That’s why I think personally for us, for the national team, it’s a good transfer. Arsenal is a good club, with a top manager and also with two German team-mates, (Lukas) Podolski and (Per) Mertesacker.
“Arsenal also play great football, technically on a high level, and I think that plays into Mesut’s game.”
The German media was not as sympathetic however with both Bild and Die Welt claiming that the player was forced out of the club, with Die Welt running with the headline ‘Auf der Flucht,’ which translated into English, means “On the run”.
His former team-mates at Real were also left disappointed with the transfer with Sergio Ramos saying “Mesut is a different kind of player. If it were up to me, he would be one of the last ones to go. But Özil and the club have made the decision and I can only wish him the best. I got on really well with him. He is a unique player and it makes me sad.”
That sentiment was echoed by fellow Madrid star Isco who said “The truth is that I’m surprised about Özil, and even more so after he said last week that he would be staying. We all know Özil – he’s got a lot of quality, a player that can really turn a game round.”
The player himself however more pragmatic about the move revealing that a conversation with Carlo Ancelotti convinced him that his footballing development might be better off served elsewhere Over the past few days I realized that I did not have the confidence of the manager,” said Özil in statements to the television arm of the German Football Federation (DFB).
The final word on the matter came from Spanish based journalist Graham Hunter who claimed that Manchester United and not Arsenal was the players club of choice and if an acceptable offer had been received from Old Trafford he would have joined the David Mo-yes revolution.