I was like a giddy child when Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil, reveals Santi Cazorla

 
Friday 22 Nov 2013 7:29 am
 
'Ozil arrival has turned me into a kid'
Santi Cazorla is so excited about playing alongside Mesut Ozil (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal ace Santi Cazorla says he was left excited ‘like a kid’ when Arsene Wenger told him that the Gunners had signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Ozil moved to the Emirates Stadium in a club-record £42.5million deal on transfer deadline day, in a surprise switch.

And Cazorla says he was left feeling all giddy when he was told that he would be lining up alongside the German.

‘I spoke to friends of mine at Madrid who told me that Mesut was talking to Arsenal and that he wanted to leave,’ explained Cazorla.

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Ozil has had a stunning start to his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)

‘You think, “How are Madrid going to let Mesut get away?” He’s one of the best players in the world and the truth is you don’t really believe it.

‘Then one day the manager said to us, “We’ve signed Mesut, he’s going for his medical”.

‘I was like a little kid.

‘I knew that a great player was coming and that because of the way he plays, he was going to be a perfect fit for us.’

Ozil has since had an important impact on the Arsenal team, bagging a number of assists, while also helping them top the Premier League table.

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Arsenal's Theo Walcott

21 November 2013Last updated at 18:53 GMT

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott set to return from injury

Theo Walcott could make his first Arsenal appearance for more than two months on Saturday after recovering from an abdominal injury.

Walcott is in the squad to face his former club Southampton on Saturday.

The 24-year-old pulled out of the league match with Stoke on 22 September after aggravating the injury four days earlier against Marseille.

“He has not played even a reserve team game, but I will put him in the squad on Saturday,” said boss Arsene Wenger.

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“He’s completely fit again.”

Wenger initially deployed Serge Gnabry in Walcott’s role, but has since had his midfield options strengthened by the return of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere.

“Theo has different qualities to other players and I am very pleased that he’s back,” Wenger added on Arsenal’s official website. 

“Strikers who get behind the defenders is a very important quality and Theo has that quality.”

Arsenal were level on points with Tottenham at the top of the Premier League before Walcott’s injury prior to the Stoke game. They now have a two-point advantage over Liverpool in second.

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Transfer News: Nicklas Bendtner to consider Arsenal exit in January

By Kent Hedlundh | Last Updated: November 18, 2013 4:34pm

 
 
 
 
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Nicklas Bendtner has told the Danish media he will consider leaving Arsenal in January in search of regular first-team football.

The 25-year-old, who was strongly linked with a move away from Arsenal during the summer transfer window, has found himself playing a bit-part role for the Premier League leaders so far this season.

Bendtner admits that, if he was to move, it would be to a club where he would be playing on a regular basis after growing frustrated with his situation at Arsenal.

“It is the sporting challenge which is the most important,” Bendtner is quoted as saying in Politiken.

 

“I don’t want to sit on the bench and watch. I love to play lots of matches.”

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“It should be a club where I will be happy to play. It should be a club where I get to score and preferably win something.

“I don’t want to sit on the bench and watch. I love to play lots of matches.”

Bendtner has also refused to rule out the possibility of ending his career in his native Denmark with former club FC Copenhagen.

“I might consider ending my career at FC Copenhagen and give the Superliga a try at the end,” Bendtner added.

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Arsenal want Brazil striker Alexandre Pato to bolster their attack in January

 
Sunday 17 Nov 2013 2:49 pm
 
 
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Alexandre Pato is a January target for Arsenal (Picture: Reuters)

Arsenal are hoping to strengthen their options in attack with the signing of former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato in January.

Olivier Giroud remains the club’s only recognised front man and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has made landing a new forward his number one priority when the transfer window reopens in the new year.

Pato was a target for the north London club this time last year while he was still with the Rossoneri but the 24-year-old opted for a move back to his native Brazil, joining Corinthians.

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Pato, right, celebrates with teammate Neymar (Picture: AP)

However, a fall-out with the club’s coaching staff has left the Brazillians open to a sale for around £10million in January.

Tottenham are also interested having missed out on the striker in the summer, but is thought that the Gunners are now leading the race for Pato’s services and are increasingly confident of landing their man.

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Pires signing session

Exclusive Pires signing session

Arsenal fans will have a chance to meet Gunners legend Robert Pires when the ex-France international takes part in an exclusive signing session in The Armoury ahead of the Southampton game on November 23.

Pires will meet up to 200 supporters 12pm to 1.30pm in the Club’s flagship store, where he will be on hand to sign copies of a limited-edition framed photo montage featuring some of his most memorable moments in an Arsenal shirt.

Fans will then be able to get their personally-signed print framed immediately in-store, with each of the 200 pieces individually numbered. Supporters are encouraged to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The exclusive print, which will only be available during the session, celebrates the Frenchman’s six years with the Club, during which he helped the team to two league titles and two FA Cups, netting 84 goals in 284 appearances.

To be eligible for the signing, fans must purchase a signed and framed copy of the photo, priced at £50.

Only 200 framed photos are available and priority will be given to the first attendees. Only one signature per exclusive framed photo purchased on the day.

Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source

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Exclusive Pires signing session

Arsenal fans will have a chance to meet Gunners legend Robert Pires when the ex-France international takes part in an exclusive signing session in The Armoury ahead of the Southampton game on November 23.

Pires will meet up to 200 supporters 12pm to 1.30pm in the Club’s flagship store, where he will be on hand to sign copies of a limited-edition framed photo montage featuring some of his most memorable moments in an Arsenal shirt.

Fans will then be able to get their personally-signed print framed immediately in-store, with each of the 200 pieces individually numbered. Supporters are encouraged to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The exclusive print, which will only be available during the session, celebrates the Frenchman’s six years with the Club, during which he helped the team to two league titles and two FA Cups, netting 84 goals in 284 appearances.

To be eligible for the signing, fans must purchase a signed and framed copy of the photo, priced at £50.

Only 200 framed photos are available and priority will be given to the first attendees. Only one signature per exclusive framed photo purchased on the day.

Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source

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