Mesut Ozil joins Arsenal from Real Madrid

Denis Doyle

Arsenal beat neighbours Tottenham Hotspur on the pitch on Sunday, and they're also one-upping them on transfer deadline day. While the biggest move of the summer involved Spurs selling their best player to Real Madrid, Arsenal have made a huge splash of their own this Monday.

It's certainly difficult to imagine any other English team topping the acquisition of Mesut Ozil, which the Gunners have just confirmed via Twitter:

Ozil, out of favour at Real Madrid thanks to the captures of Gareth Bale and Isco this summer, apparently cost Arsenal something in the region of £42.5 million plus very high (for the Gunners, anyway) wages. Arsene Wenger did warn us that there was going to be a surprising big move coming, but few imagined that it would be quite this big -- Arsenal have acquired a world-class player who's still yet to enter his prime. It's like the good old days all over again.

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