The main talking point remained the same throughout the summer transfer window for Arsenal. One key signing by Arsene Wenger late in the process would make everybody forget about the lack of earlier success. The signing of Mesut Oezil is going to test that theory.
Arsenal confirmed the addition of Oezil in the final hours before the deadline. Wenger hailed the German international, who arrives from Real Madrid. The Gunners boss is now hoping he found the missing piece to the club's attacking puzzle.
"We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Oezil. He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.
"I have said throughout the summer that we have been working hard to bring in top quality players to this football club. This has involved many many people across the Club and I have always had the full support of the Club in making decisions on the football side."
The deal for Oezil has a wide-ranging impact. Not only does his arrival provide a major boost to the squad, but on an individual level it's an opportunity for him to tackle a new challenge and gives Wenger some relief after a tense couple of weeks as the pressure mounted.
Oezil is the marquee addition Arsenal was seeking. The Real Madrid attack became overcrowded after a summer of signings, which concluded with a major deal for Tottenham's Gareth Bale. The Premier League side must have sensed an opportunity to pounce and successfully pulled it off.
The availability of the 24-year-old attacking midfielder had very little to do with his performance on the pitch. He's coming off three consecutive successful seasons with Real, in which he emerged as one of the driving forces behind the club's attack.
Instead, it was simply a case of having too many players to fill a select number of roles, especially after the arrival of Bale. He and Cristiano Ronaldo are going to feature prominently, of course.
Add in Angel di Maria, Isco, Casemiro and Jese Rodriguez, among multiple others, and there were always going to be a couple talented players left out of the lineup. So it made sense for both Oezil and Real Madrid to see if there was a serious offer available, which Arsenal provided.
Now, Oezil moves to a Gunners side where he's a lock to play a vital role on the attack. As the club's only major signing, expectations are going to be sky high.
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With Real Madrid, he was an important member of the club, but he didn't receive nearly as much attention as the likes of Ronaldo. At Arsenal, he's going to become one of those main focal points, which will present new challenges.
When clubs are developing their defensive game plans to slow down the Gunners' attack, containing Oezil will be near the top of the list. How he handles that added attention, on and off the pitch, is going to ultimately decide the success of the transfer.
The other player who's going to face increase pressure is Olivier Giroud. The pieces are now in place behind him. The French striker must now prove he can be the target player on the attack by continuing his strong scoring pace from the early going.
With Oezil, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, the foundation is certainly in place for Arsenal to have an extremely dangerous group moving forward. But a lot depends on Giroud's ability to provide the finishing touch.
As for Wenger, the Oezil deal buys him some time. Fans were starting to get restless due to the lack of signings, and rightfully so. He finally made the big deal they were hoping for right before the deadline, giving him a chance to get out of the spotlight for awhile so his new addition can take center stage.
All told, bringing the star German international into the fold has a trickle-down effect throughout the club, including the manager. They just have to hope it all works out according to plan.
That part is up to Oezil and his performance on the pitch.