Ozil welcomes Arsenal with a heavy heart as media enjoys a ‘Roast of Real Madrid’
Mesut Ozil’s exit from Real Madrid has been dubbed by the German media as the escape of a under-utilized star. The German midfielder’s transfer to Arsenal has been greeted with much joy and relief in German circles, especially their media who had labeled Real Madrid as a “circus”.
It took £42.5 million and all the patience in the world for Arsene Wenger to see out that Ozil does player under a Gunners jersey next season. The transfer fee Arsenal paid to Real Madrid made a new club record, but ironically that wasn’t the topic under the spotlight. A summer that has seen only two signings, youngster Yaya Sanogo and former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, the arrival of Ozil has lit up Arsenal with excitement finally.
“Escaping the circus”, that’s what the German media has been calling the move. Suddeutsche Zeitung came up with this headline along with a detailed article on how Ozil’s last days with Real Madrid forced him towards making a move out of the club. Well, Ozil gave away the details of his exit in his press conference with statements that suggested that the love Ozil had shown to Real Madrid hadn’t been mutual shared.
The move to Arsenal has made Ozil the most expensive German player, right after Mario Gotze, who sealed a move from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich at the beginning of the transfer window. Ozil, who was seen by many to be from the same mold as Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane, appears to have grown tired of waiting to become the apple of the eye. A move to a place where his talents would be appreciated seemed justified and logical.
The German media, who have never really grown much liking Real Madrid, had a field day with the news of Ozil’s departure from Bernabeu. The day after the transfer window ended was turned into a ‘Roast of Real Madrid’ by the German media. Meanwhile, Ozil never really came out with much direct criticism for Real Madrid, but it his heart was clearly heavy with dejection of having made little with his time at the greatest club of all.