“I can guarantee you every player who wants to join us, the first question is: “Do you play in the Champions League or not?” It is as simple as that. The players who want to come, or go somewhere or not, is decided on that. That is the first requirement of the top, top, top level players.’”- Arsene Wenger
This was a truly unforgettable summer transfer window for everyone connected with Arsenal football club.
It all started when the club’s chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, blew his trumpet about how the team had the financial capabilities to compete with the "creme de la creme" of European football, but Arsenal fans watched in disgust as transfer targets like Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain slipped past their grasps to join new employers.
Then there was the failed pursuit of Luis Suarez, a protracted saga that ended in anguish as well.
Prior to yesterday’s transfer deadline day, the Gunners had signed Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini for free.
The Aston Villa debacle happened and the fans went berserk as they used various social media to voice their frustrations, but Arsene Wenger steadied the ship on his team picked a rich run of form, winning Fulham, Fenerbahce on two occasions and the old enemy, Tottenham Hotspurs, despite their multi-million pound squad.
Yesterday, Arsenal shocked the football world as they smashed their transfer record to swoop for Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil via Arsenal.com, who underwent the second part of his medical in Munich on Monday after agreeing personal terms with the club. The German is set to become Arsenal’s highest earner with a salary of £130,000-per-week that runs till 2018.
Arsenal fans (me included) went haywire on various social media as they are basking in the euphoria of seeing the club smash their transfer record to sign a top quality player.
Without further ado, here are 10 things you need to know about Arsenal’s new acquisition.