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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