There can be no doubt from anyone in the Football Transfer Tavern that when Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil, they got a player of top, top quality.
We may be in mourning regarding the closure of the transfer window, but that is nothing compared to how Real Madrid fans are feeling with the loss of their beloved number ten.
Our landlord wisely quips over pouring a pint that the best way to tell how good or how loved a player has been for a club is to look at the reactions when he leaves. Given Cristiano Ronaldo is downright angry, Sergio Ramos is dismayed over losing his best friend and even Cesc Fabregas has expressed his shock at Ozil being sold, it speaks volumes.
Most Real Madrid fans were hoping that Alvaro Arbeloa was right when he claimed that he thought ‘it was a joke’ when the topic of Ozil’s departure came up, and yes, the player might be a little bit shy, but there can be no doubting how popular and needed he was at the Bernabeu. Fans knew it too – after all, why else would they spend the day that Gareth Bale was being presented singing Ozil’s name?
However, as it goes, Real Madrid’s loss is Arsenal’s gain, and after what seemed to be the beginning of the end for Arsene Wenger in the transfer window, he now seems to have managed to land a reprieve and fans are becoming hopeful once again. With that in mind, here are five reasons why Ozil will be a success at Arsenal – and we are willing to bet he will go on to become a star for the Gunners.