2307 GMT – Jai Arsenal! 🙂
2306 GMT – Ah, I can finally heave a sigh of relief, and get some shut eye! Nerves have been jangled with all the tension. Too sad we have to wait couple of weeks before Ozil struts his stuff in Arsenal colors.
Hope you enjoyed the live blog as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you!
2300 – And, it’s over. Nothing much has happened today really. Bendtner and Park are still searching for their shooting boots at the training ground, and there’s some rolly polly German bloke with big eyes who joins the club, along with some no-hoper, claiming to be an Italian international goalkeeper.
2259 GMT – About a minute left now.
2259 GMT – Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere
“Signing of the summer! Easily! Fantastic player, plays the ‘Arsenal way’. Welcome Mesut Ozil, absolutely buzzing!”
2258 GMT – Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla
“Welcome Mesut Ozil. Such an amazing player!”
2257 GMT – Ok, about 3 minutes. Guess we are resigned to watching Bendtner in the Capitol One Cup this season.
2256 GMT – via BBC
Who’s got an idea of what an Arsenal XI may look like now then? When everyone’s fit, naturally?
Podolski on the left, Walcott on the right, Cazorla, Wilshere and Ozil in the middle? Good luck getting the ball back off that lot.
But good luck hoping for anyone to track back and make a tackle…
2255 GMT – German football writer Mark Lovell:
“So Ozil is finally a done deal – joining fellow German internationals Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski at the Emirates. It will be interesting to follow how his career in the national side progresses with the World Cup on the horizon.
“Both Mertesacker and Podolski have regressed in ‘Die Mannschaft’ since their move to England and are bench players now for national manager Joachim Low. Wenger will argue Ozil is a different calibre of player. £50million or half a Bale.”
2254 GMT – BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty
“Great signing for Arsenal in Ozil. If Man Utd were not interested then they should have been. Quality. Or “super quality” as Wenger said.”
2253 GMT – via BBC
That is a cracking signing from Arsenal. Gareth Barry will have nightmares now that Ozil is in the country…
2252 GMT – Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on Monday Night Club
“Into the next window, there will be more faces coming into Arsenal.
“I think Arsenal will be very, very strong over the next few years.”
2251 GMT – Ozil will wear number 11.
Oh, and about 9 minutes for the window to shut.
A striker, maybe?
2248 GMT – Read this on twitter: Gervinho to Roma-> Lamela to Spurs->Bale to Madrid->Ozil to Arsenal! Wenger knows! 😀
2246 GMT – Das Gunner Bombers!
2243 GMT – Mesut Ozil –
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.
2241 GMT – Arsene Wenger –
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.
Mesut is a top quality footballer who will be a fantastic addition to our talented squad. We are all looking forward to him joining up with us after his international matches with Germany and working with us as an Arsenal player.
2240 GMT – Ivan Gazidis –
This is an exciting day for all of us. We have signed a world-class player who is one of Europe’s brightest young talents.
Mr Kroenke, our controlling owner, has always fully supported Arsène and the Club in making significant investments to strengthen our squad and to bring in talented players who fit our style and ambitions.
Like all of us, Mr Kroenke wants to see Arsenal winning titles and trophies and he has absolute faith and belief in our manager to achieve that. We will continue to work towards that goal and look forward to an exciting season.
2239 GMT – Mesut Özil –
dear fans of real madrid,
thank you very much for three wonderful years with all of you. my time at real madrid was unique and special for me. sometimes things develop differently, than i would have expected them to a few days ago.
although I’m leaving real madrid I wish you and the team the very best for the future.
now I’m looking forward to my new club: THE GUNNERS!
2238 GMT – “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.”
2237 GMT – Here’s the link to the story on the official site.
2236 GMT –
2234 GMT – All this waiting and moaning was probably worth it, I guess! Probably Arsenal’s biggest signing in their history! In terms of money, definitely! Best signing ever, only time will tell!
Mesut Ozil, Welcome to Arsenal Football Club!
Wear that cannon on your chest with pride and give your all for it!
2230 GMT – OMG! Fuckety fuck fuck! It has actually happened! Mesut Ozil is an Arsenal player! 😀
2226 GMT – Ok, now that we know about his whereabouts, how about capturing him and finishing off all the procedures before he escapes on another 10 hour disappearance adventure.
2225 GMT – Ozil releases a statement – “I’m looking forward to my future in the Premier League and at Arsenal.”
2224 GMT BREAKING: Mesut Özil has confirmed in a statement that he is joining Arsenal. (Source: SkySports)
2222 GMT – AS reporting Per Mertesacker played an instrumental role in persuading former Werder teammate Ozil to sign.
AS say Real Madrid have communicated his departure to the Spanish league.
The question is “WHERE IS OZIL?”
2221 GMT – via Arseblog
Massive Gooner and long-distance Olympic running champ, Mo Farah, on SSN talking to Jim White:
“Ozil will be unbelievable. I think he’s going to make a big difference this season.”
2219 GMT – via BBC
Ok, so some headway here.
Spanish football writer Andy West:
“Somewhat (to say the least) better news for Arsenal fans: sources in Spain claim Real Madrid have now officially communicated Mesut Ozil’s departure from the club with the La Liga authorities.”
2219 GMT – via BBC
While we await confirmation of the signing of Mesut Ozil for Arsenal, his potential transfer has undoubtedly been the main talking point on social media on deadline day. With an hour of the window still to go, Ozil has been mentioned over 2.3 million times worldwide on Twitter today.
By comparison, Juan Mata has been mentioned almost a million times, while Gareth Bale has been mentioned just over 800,000 times today.
2218 GMT – Fulham defender Sascha Reither
“Welcome to London Mesut Ozil.”
2214 GMT – I have been away for an hour almost and it still is pretty quiet on the Arsenal front. Are we signing Ozil or no?
2125 GMT – It’s almost 2 in the night here, and I am really hungry. Need to get a snack from the canteen. Will be going out for a while. Hoping I don’t miss anything! See you guys in a while!
2118 GMT – Jack Wilshere on Twitter
“On my way up north, but don’t worry Gooners I’m not involved in any last minute deal, just meeting with the England boys!”
2115 GMT – I am really getting nervous and jittery over the Ozil wait. Seems preposterous to think it won’t happen after the drama the entire day has been witness to. Let’s just hope the club doctor, assigned to take the German’s medical has not ended up catching the wrong flight.
2115 GMT – BBC Sport’s David Ornstein
“Arsenal have called off Nicklas Bendtner’s proposed transfer to Crystal Palace after failing in their attempt to sign Chelsea striker Demba Ba on a season-long loan.
“Unless there is any last-minute turn of events, Bendtner will remain at Emirates Stadium and provide back-up to Arsenal’s first-choice striker Olivier Giroud.”
2108 GMT – Less than 2 hours left. Get your heads in it Arsenal!
2106 GMT – France football writer Matt Spiro:
“With Arsenal’s move for Demba Ba collapsing, will Arsene Wenger turn to the foreign league he knows best for a late deal?
“One striker he would surely be able to sign if he wanted to is Olivier Giroud’s France colleague Bafetimbi Gomis.
“Lyon have spent much of the summer trying to sell Gomis, who has one year left on his contract and is refusing to sign an extension. Their talks with Newcastle fell through a month ago, however. The powerful attacker, 28, has never been prolific but consistently weighs in with 10-20 goals a season.
“Nice striker Dario Cvitanich could be another possibility. The Argentine poacher scored 19 goals in his first Ligue 1 season last year and has been seeking a move this summer. However, it is un likely Nice would sell at this stage.
“The alternative of course for Wenger would be to keep Nicklas Bendtner at the club.”
2056 GMT – This should keep you going for a while!
2054 GMT – So, it looks like TGSTEL, Nicklas Bendtner is staying put at Arsenal after all. Maybe he is the chosen one to convert all of Ozil’s barrage of assists. Only time will tell.
2052 GMT – German football writer Mark Lovell:
“Mesut Ozil is a luxury signing. Alas trophy winners are built on sound defence and goalkeeper and Arsene Wenger has neglected these key areas.Arsenal will still get bullied.”
2051 GMT – Spain football writer Andy West:
“For Madrid fans, Mesut Ozil’s departure makes this a bittersweet day. Although Gareth Bale’s arrival has prompted great excitement, Ozil was a fans’ favourite and there’s already a lot of debate over whether or not today’s moves will actually improve the team.
2048 GMT – From earlier in the day, via BBC
We’ve been tracking on Twitter which players have been mentioned most on deadline day. Mesut Ozil has captured the imagination of Arsenal’s fans today, with over one million mentions, and has managed to attract over three times the attention that Gareth Bale has today, despite the new Real Madrid signing being unveiled in Spain.
2048 GMT – From earlier in the day, via BBC
Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that Mesut Ozil’s proposed move from Real Madrid to Arsenal will make him the most expensive sale in Real’s history, eclipsing the 43m Euros that Manchester City paid them for Robinho back in 2008.
2047 GMT – Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on Football Focus
“It does look like a panic because United have left it so late. Moyes said he was going to sign players so it does come down to this, you have to make these signings count. We all know Fellaini is a top player but I just think United need an Ozil type – a runner from midfield.”
2045 GMT – via Arseblog
Jeremy Wilson from the Telegraph Tweets – “Nicklas Bendtner will stay at Arsenal. Suggests Wenger does see him as an option now he can’t get another striker”
2033 GMT – We have less than 150 minutes to find and seal the deal for a new striker. Will it happen?? Can it happen?? Nervous times! And get the Ozil deal shit done already!
2031 GMT – From OptaJoe
72 – Mesut Ozil has 72 goal assists in the last five seasons – more than any other player across Europe’s top five leagues. Tenterhooks.
2029 GMT – Who needs Ba anyways? We have Giroud. Another fantastic picture from last evening!
2025 GMT – BBC Sport’s David Ornstein
“Arsenal’s loan move for Chelsea striker Demba Ba is off, as Chelsea do not want to loan him to a rival club.”
John Cross reports: “Sadly for Arsenal, Ba not happening. Chelsea don’t want him to join a rival.”
2024 GMT – via Arseblog
Jerome Boateng has just posted a picture of himself and Ozil on Facebook with the caption – “Good luck at Arsenal.”
2020 GMT – Here’s a brilliant touched up picture of Olivier Giroud celebrating his goal against Sp*rs last evening. 2017 GMT – By the way, this blog is being updated from the library of a business school. I am supposed to be working on an Accounting assignment at the moment, but hey, it’s transfer deadline day. You need to get your priorities straight, don’t you.
P.S – If my project partner happens to read this, I am dead meat!
2013 GMT – Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy on Football Focus
“Firstly there is no doubting Ozil’s ability. He has class and talent, is gifted and is creative. Arsenal don’t struggle in that department though and for me Arsenal are lacking a bit of strength and power. Even though he is a quality player, maybe not what Arsenal are wanting.”
2012 GMT – BBC Sport’s David Ornstein
“There a no issues or problems surrounding Arsenal’s club-record signing of Mesut Ozil. The deal is being processed and Arsenal plan to announce it in the next couple of hours.”
2012 GMT – How long does a medical take anyway? It’s been over 8 hours now, since that medical should have, would have, could have started. This is getting over my nerves now. We are the only club in the world that likes to torture its fans when it comes to secrecy regarding transfers!
2011 GMT – via BBC
Here’s a man we’ve not mentioned yet this afternoon – Arsenal misfit Nicklas Bendtner. He spent last season on loan with Juventus but may be off to slightly less glamorous surroundings this year.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has just told Sky Sports News that the Eagles are hopeful of luring the big Dane.
He said: “We’re waiting to hear. I think it all depends on whether Arsenal get someone in or not. We’ve got contingencies in place, but hopefully we can get it done.”
2004 GMT – Tony Pulis, Former Stoke manager on BBC Radio 5 live
“Mesut Ozil will be a fantastic signing for Arsenal but it is a lot of money. He has made a statement, do they need an extra midfield signing? Arsene Wenger probably needs one or two at the back or up front as well.”
2002 GMT – MOTD presenter Gary Lineker
“Mesut Ozil has signed for Arsenal. Terrific acquisition. Always rated him, but wonder why Real Madrid didn’t and why Mourinho preferred Willian?”
2000 GMT – Oh, while we are about it, another centre back please.
1957 GMT – Sportsmail understands that Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is hopeful a deal to sign Nicklas Bendtner on loan is still on. He believes that the deal depends on Arsenal securing a striker before tonight’s deadline though. Reports suggest that the striker could be Demba Ba in a loan deal – but it seems there are a number of clubs involved in that chase.
1954 GMT – This was about 8 hours ago. Metro reporting that Arsenal had agreed to pay Niklas Bendtner £3 million to leave the club, and join Crystal Palace, who are keen on linking the Denmark international with Marouanne Chamakh. Quite some strikeforce that.
1951 GMT – Ozil would be a fantastic addition no doubt, but does he solve all our issues. I am not too sure. We still need a backup striker, someone established and definitely one more experienced than Yaya Sanogo. I still feel we lack that bit of steel in midfield. Aaron Ramsey has been fantastic, but still. With Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined for 3 months each, we need backup. Let’s hope it arrives in the form of Angel di Maria. Ok, I need to calm down.
1944 GMT – First picture of Viviano in Arsenal colors. Solution to our goalkeeping issues? Let’s hope so.
1941 GMT – Sky saying Chelsea have agreed terms for Ba with an unnamed club, but have spurned offers from Arsenal and Sp*rs. Hmm, interesting…
1938 GMT – Daily Mail reporting that the Ozil deal is done and dusted. But, the Arsenal website runs in a different timezone. So..the wait continues..
1937 GMT – Oh, I forgot to mention. Arsenal have also been linked to signing Chelsea striker Demba Ba on loan and Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez, also from Palermo. They must be sick at our sight now.
The Ba deal is a bit complicated, as Arsenal have offered a £1.5 million loan deal, but the Blues are holding out for £3 million.
Arsenal have also made an ambitious enquiry about Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore from PSG.
1931 GMT- Arsene Wenger revealing Mesut Ozil at London Colney! Finally, it has happened! Well, almost!
1925 GMT – To be honest, I really didn’t see this coming. I knew we were linked to Angel di Maria and Karim Benzema. But signing Ozil would be batshit crazy. The amount in question, £42.4 million, is £27 million more than our previous record signing, Santi Cazorla last season. A massive statement of intent from the club.
Tactically speaking, Ozil would suit Arsenal’s style of play like a fish takes to water. He is a fantastic passer of the ball, with an eye for a killer pass. He scores the odd goal as well.
To imagine him, Wilshere and Cazorla in the same midfield. Damn, orgasmic!
1923 GMT – Arsenal have asked PSG about Javier Pastore. Player available for loan or transfer, the Daily Mail report. This was a couple of hours ago.
1921 GMT – #WelcomeViviano
1919 GMT – We can’t wait for the Real deal can we?
1917 GMT – Well, one deal is signed as Arsenal sign Italian international goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano from Palermo on a season long loan.
Arsène Wenger said of the loan signing: “Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan. He’s experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers.”
1917 GMT – After an excrucuiating wait all day, comes the news that Arsenal have completed the signing of Ozil for a miserly sum of £42.4 million, with only minor details such as personal terms and medicals remaining. This happened at 1215 GMT.
1910 GMT – Ok, so last night was absolutely fantastic. The 1-0 win over a Sp*rs side, that had spent £110 million on new players, was an indictment that money doesn’t really buy you a team.
Well, of course there are those who say they will take their time to gel. But, whatever.
Moments after the match, Real Madrid completed the transfer of Gareth Bale from the chums. And, that sparked a fire of all sorts of crazy transfer rumours, much like a chain cracker bomb. Having spent a whopping £86 million on the Welshman, they needed to offload some of their vast array of stars, and Ozil, having been kept out of the Real Madrid first team in their win over Bilbao earlier in the day was the first to be mentioned.
Arsenal and Manchester United were of course linked, and Arsene Wenger wryly mentioned in his interview to expect a special signing. Within minutes came the revelation that Arsenal were in advanced talks with the German playmaker, who has a haul of 91 assists in just 3 seasons with the Los Blancos.
1906 GMT – So, there’s less than 4 hours left for the transfer window to shut. And, the day has been absolutely crazy. For Arsenal fans, it has been an oscillation between utter excitement, and a long booooooring wait for something to pop up on the official website.
Well, worry not. I will do my utter best to keep you guys updated in the last 4 hours of the transfer window.