The German international’s arrival easily eclipses the £15 million paid for Andrei Arshavin in 2009 and shows a huge shift in dynamic for the club.
However, not everyone’s over the moon about the switch, it would seem, after Ozil’s now former Real teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, spoke out on the decision to sell.
According to Spanish paper AS via Charlie Skillen of the Daily Mail, Ronaldo is upset about the relationship he’s lost with a player he enjoyed a rare bond with, saying: "The sale of Ozil is very bad news for me. He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal. I'm angry about Özil leaving."
Samuel Marsden showed on Twitter just how successful the Ozil/Ronaldo relationship was in their seasons together:
The automatic reaction to this is to say that the Portuguese captain could yet go on to form an even more productive relationship with Carlo Ancelotti’s world-record £86 million signing, Gareth Bale, but that’s none of Arsene Wenger’s concern.
All the Frenchman will be focused on is the fact that one of the sport’s greatest and most prolific talents is lovelorn over the player now under Arsenal's command.
Ronaldo wasn’t the only member of Los Blancos’ playing staff to comment either, with Sergio Ramos noting:
It's obvious that he is a special team-mate and friend. I've always had a real 'feeling' with him, and it's a shame. He's a great footballer, unique.
Ozil would be the very last player who I would sell from Real Madrid, if it was up to me. I don't understand this.
For the Gunners, it means great things for a strike force that wasn’t in the most proficient form last season, Olivier Giroud managing 17 goals across all competitions.
With the forward already enjoying a better start to this season, Giroud can only benefit more from the acquisition of a playmaking presence of equal, if not bigger talent than Santi Cazorla.
Aside from Wenger’s top striker, though, just about every player around Ozil will feel an alleviated pressure as a result of the 24-year-old’s skill set.
In central midfield, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere can simply sit, go about their provisional business in the Gunners engine room and not have to worry so much about overcompensating in attack.
On the wings, Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski will also have an easier time of things, being able to feed off one of the best attacking midfielders in the world, just as Ronaldo did.
In the coming weeks, it will become evident as to just how much Real will miss Ozil being in their side, a player whom Cesc Fabregas, per the Press Association via Yahoo!'s Eurosport, described as the “second-best player at Madrid.”
The sight of Real Madrid’s biggest stars mourning the loss of one of their fellow superstars is something that should wholeheartedly delight the Emirates masses.
For once, it is not the Gunners paying tribute to a player they’ve seen stolen from among their ranks. Instead, it is they who play the role of the thief in this case.
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