Mesut Ozil has completed a 50 million euro switch from Real Madrid to Arsenal, it has been confirmed.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger moved for the German star as soon as Los Blancos confirmed their deal to sign Gareth Bale on Sunday night.
The 24-year-old, who is currently with his international side ahead of this weekend’s World Cup qualifiers, underwent a medical in Munich this morning, and agreed personal terms.
It is believed Ozil has signed a five-year contract at the Emirates Stadium, worth around 140,000 euros a week – smashing the Arsenal transfer record and pay structure.
Ozil signed for Los Blancos from Werder Bremen following the World Cup in 2010. He has made 158 appearances, scoring 27 goals in that time.
But the German has cut an increasingly frustrated figure in recent weeks having seen his first team opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu limited by the arrival of Isco and Bale. He stormed off down the tunnel having been substituted against Granada, and was left out of the squad altogether for Real’s win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Speaking to the Arsenal club website, Ozil said: “I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsène Wenger.
“From our negotiations it is clear the Club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future.”