Arsenal transfer news: At last! Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil completes move to Arsenal in £42.5m deal

Arsenal spend nearly three times previous transfer record to seal signing of midfielder

Arsenal shattered their transfer record last night on a deadline day where they finally spent the money their fans had demanded – signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a remarkable £42.5m.

It was very much Arsenal’s day as Arsène Wenger ended a summer of prudence – in which he had only made two free signings – with a huge deal for Ozil as well as signing Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on loan.

Ozil, the German international midfielder, was announced as an Arsenal player at 10.30pm last night after signing a five-year deal. They paid Real – where Ozil had fallen out of favour –  €50m for him, or £42.5m. That comes in at nearly three times the old record, which they paid Zenit St Petersburg for Andrei Arshavin in February 2009.

Ozil had joined Real Madrid from Werder Bremen in 2010, after his brilliant performance in the World Cup in South Africa. He played for three seasons for Jose Mourinho at Real, winning the cup and the league, but found himself squeezed out by the arrivals this summer of Isco, Gareth Bale and Asier Illarramendi.

“He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level,” Wenger told “We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.”

“I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League,” said Ozil. “It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsène Wenger.”

Ozil was the second signing of the day for Arsenal, after they landed Italy international Viviano. The 27-year-old, who has six Italy caps, spent last season on loan at Fiorentina, having spent most of his early career at Brescia and Bologna. He is likely to come in as back-up to Wojciech Szczesny.

“Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan,” Wenger said. “He’s experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers.”

Arsenal were also interested in signing striker Demba Ba on loan but Chelsea did not want him to leave, after Romelu Lukaku was sent out instead.

Aston Villa did succeed in upgrading their striking options with the permanent signing of Libor Kozak, the 24-year-old Czech striker from Lazio. Paul Lambert was delighted with Kozak, who he hopes will provide an alternative to Christian Benteke up front.

“Libor has an unbelievable scoring record in the Europa League, incredible really,” said Lambert. “He showed proper potential in leading the line there at a strong club with a great tradition.”

Villa were also successful in moving on some players who had fallen away from the first team. Stephen Ireland went to Stoke City to rejoin Mark Hughes, who managed him so well at Manchester City, while Barry Bannan joined Crystal Palace on a three-year deal.

Palace also signed defenders Jay Mariappa from Reading and Jack Hunt from Huddersfield. They went for Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal but with Wenger failing to land another striker, Bendtner will stay in north London, while they also missed out on bringing back Andrew Johnson from Queen’s Park Rangers.

West Bromwich Albion spent a club record fee on Sunderland forward Stéphane Sessègnon, and also moved for Victor Anichebe and Lukaku up front. Steve Clarke’s side also signed goalkeeper Lee Camp for free and Morgan Amalfitano.

West Ham United wanted another striker as cover but may end up taking Carlton Cole back on a free transfer after releasing him earlier the summer Swansea City added another Spanish player in Alvaro Vazquez, on a season-long loan from Getafe.

Although Tottenham Hotspur did not sign anyone else yesterday, despite an interest in Ba and even Chelsea’s Fernando Torres, they did move two players on loan to QPR. Harry Redknapp, the Rangers manager who left Spurs last year, took Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tom Carroll for this season, as well as former Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar from Dynamo Kiev.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before