Several reports on Sunday night have hinted that Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil will be joining Arsenal before Monday night’s transfer deadline.

Canal + suggested that the German will join Arsenal rather than PSG or Man Utd in a bid to further his career after seemingly fallen down the pecking order at Real after the arrivals of Isco and Gareth Bale, a claim supported by Al Jazeera, for whom Arsene Wenger works as a pundit.

Why leave Real?

There are many reasons why Ozil, left on the bench against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday afternoon, may leave.

The long-awaited confirmation of Bale’s departure to Spain has pushed Madrid’s spending to over £150 million, following the acquisitions of Isco and Asier Illarramendi. Madrid will have to seek ways to balance the books in light of the Financial Fair Play regulations.

With Angel Di Maria on top form and Karim Benzema the only recognised centre-forward at the club, Mesut Ozil is the most likely departure; young enough to command a high transfer fee, but not irreplaceable with Isco, Bale and Luka Modric able to play in his position.

A step down?

While Arsenal’s squad is nowhere near Real Madrid’s in terms of strength in depth, the London club would nonetheless offer Champions League football, a new challenge in arguably the best league in the world, and in light of the club’s financial success, would be able to at least match Ozil’s wages in Spain.

Significantly, Ozil could become the star man, which could appeal to a player so often substituted.

Furthermore, his German national teammates Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski could play a part in convincing the Turkish-descent midfielder to come to North London.

Signings Likely

After beginning the season in crisis, Arsenal now appears to be a club with high spirits. A hard-fought North London derby has restored the faith of many doubters and with Wenger suggesting in his post-match interview that signings will be made on Monday, the proposed move for Ozil could well come to fruition.

Pressed on possible new signings, Wenger stated that:

“maybe we have a good surprise for you”

Monday could prove to be a momentous day in the history of Arsenal Football Club.


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+2 #31 kiplagat,kabarnet 2013-09-02 12:10
Arsenal need striker!though that is a good reinforcement.lets Hope
-7 #30 Me 2013-09-02 10:53
He doesn't want to join Arsenal from what I have heard...
0 #29 Chrisscross 2013-09-02 09:56
United are in for him.

Hope our fans don't act like we've already got him, because if he's leaving its a no-brainer that he will choose us over United. Standard!
0 #28 TC 2013-09-02 09:13
When and IF he signs a contract then I will believe it.
+1 #27 Austin Wehye 2013-09-02 08:17
He will be a great addition and we will have lots of option.
-6 #26 khriezo asou 2013-09-02 08:00
First of all we need to sign Rooney no matterhow much he wud cost. N secondly we need to sign Mata bcoz we will gv him regular football and we need to sign one right back who can play central right and left. N Cesar wud b a good edition too.

My dream team for arsenal 2013

Cesar or szcny as number one
Sagna, per, kos,monreal
Ramsey, wilshere
Mata, Rooney, santi
Bench, podolski, walcott, aoc, arteta, Gibbs
+1 #25 Ovythrow 2013-09-02 06:49
Am ok with Sagna on the CB role, Wenger should just go for a right back...come 2 think of it, Sagna can play anywhere in that defense line...#JustSaying
+6 #24 Ovythrow 2013-09-02 06:44
I just couldn't sleep...Arsenal, Arsenal on my mind...Wenger pls don't mess this one up...cos I know Ozil might just ask for an extra beer during negotiations and Wenger will change his mind.
+7 #23 XGALAXY 08095101739 2013-09-02 00:45
I will be so happy if Arsene sign him and Mata .let this work
-9 #22 noelc 2013-09-01 23:15
Lets not count chickens and all that waffle. We have signed no one yet (two free bees don't count)
+9 #21 Emmanuel 2013-09-01 23:08
Arsenal is performing but signing ozil will add more power
+9 #20 charlie 2013-09-01 22:27
ozil can play on the left, the right or behind main striker need him to replace injured poldolski/ aoc, Oooooh look into my eye's..... hahahahaha
+3 #19 RVP 2013-09-01 22:23
Abit brave of you to be confident of what newspapers tell you. Would be great to have him at United. Good catch for Arsenal though, if it happens.
+3 #18 stu 2013-09-01 22:16
Quoting Rich:
He did not pick arsenal over Man U we just did our normal rubbish and didn't go for him what are Man U doing its really frustrating as normal

Let me give you a tissue for them,,,tears!
+5 #17 Ro 2013-09-01 21:45
Great signing and a brilliant name to add to any team sheet, surprised at why this type of player was the highest on Wengers list.... Even with Arteta we have no steel in midfield! All technically very good but apart from wilshere who's a attacking player, no one sits back, tackles and breaks up play! De Rossi would of been perfect and another CB, when your playing Sagna CB you need to buy! If players are bought in theses areas too of a high standard.., this could be a good season and for once a rewarding transfer window!
-6 #16 Rich 2013-09-01 21:43
Andy that its spot on utd didn't play kagawa today even without having Rooney to choose from . We need something in there .lets hope things change by tomorrow night
+2 #15 Tomé Morrissy Swan 2013-09-01 21:43
According to David Ornstein on BBC we offered £2m more per year than Man United
+9 #14 a 2013-09-01 21:43
As much as I would like this i think that we still need two/three more players

a holding MF,a defender, and a striker.

Sorry but I have no trust in vermalen no more.If he wasnt injured he would have been sold.

As for saying Man utd are finished, i dont think so, yes the fergie factor was important , Moyes problem is he stayed at everton too long, shoud have gone europe and made a name for himself around europe.

Utd wont do a liverpool, they are ran far too well on and off the pitch. Liverpool's success went into the back pockets of the boards , they never thought about the future.

Moyes will have two season i reckon, no trophies will result in someone like giggs coming in.

As for us alan sugar congratulated us today and called wenger " best manager in premier league"

what wenger did with ramsey last season was brilliant, people say he was played out of position , but wenger a believer in total football, knew to get ramsey playing again was to deploy where he wasnt comfortable, making him run and think again. The end result could be seen in the final five games of last season.
-9 #13 Pete 2013-09-01 21:41
What!! Of course he will want to join a no hoper of a CL team!!
-23 #12 amit 2013-09-01 21:36
I m lfc fan and i think w should give suarez to real madrid for ozil + 10-15 mill and put some some and buy damio witht that I would be surprised if we are not in top 3 come end of the season.
-4 #11 andy 2013-09-01 21:35
Would be an excellent signing for arsenal, but beating man utd to him, I don't think so. He is a link player. Utd already have Rooney and Kagawa (whom moyes doesn't seem to like), so signing ozil wouldn't make sense. Utd aren't short in that position, they are short in centre mid-ie Carrick's position. There is a difference!
+4 #10 Rich 2013-09-01 21:32
But to say that's the end of Man U that's crazy talk
+5 #9 Rich 2013-09-01 21:30
I am pleased for arsenal if they get him they are in need of something .the point was Man U are really pissing around with Woodward offering silly money
-7 #8 BERT 2013-09-01 21:29
-2 #7 Coyg 2013-09-01 21:28
Man u are a huge club but players will raise there eyebrow when asked to play under Moyes it will be a rough ride for man u now in the transfer window. City will buy better than them every season
+1 #6 Coyg 2013-09-01 21:24
He did it's a fact. Get over it it's the end of man u now that sir Alex is gone even fellaini and baines will help. You will be like Liverpool fans in the next 10 years talking and hanging onto the past. it's not a dig it's just the harsh reality of football I'm afraid. Good luck
0 #5 Charles 2013-09-01 21:23
It's going to be a Big signing.
+5 #4 polo 2013-09-01 21:23
If its true and wenger can pull this ozil deal off?? what a signing that would be.. Lets just wait and see.. We need a striker as well not sure whos still available? not much.. Im feeling a bit more confident about the season now.. Arsene no more bs please.. don't let us down..
+9 #3 Mike 2013-09-01 21:23
Are we transitioning from Les Arsenal to Der Arsenal? As long as we win (and still have Jack), let the German invasion continue.
+5 #2 Bzz 2013-09-01 21:21
Quality player Man U should have gone for him, who will that actually sign if anybody, it is a absolute joke, to much speculation not the Man U way, desperate in midfield
-11 #1 Rich 2013-09-01 21:16
He did not pick arsenal over Man U we just did our normal rubbish and didn't go for him what are Man U doing its really frustrating as normal