Spaniard says ex-los Blancos star is “a perfect fit for us”.
Arsenal midfield player Santi Cazorla says that he was “like a little kid” when Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger revealed that the north London club were about to sign playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
Arsenal finally agreed a club-record £42.4 million deal for the coveted Germany international in the final hours of transfer deadline day, with Ozil putting pen to paper on a lucrative five-year deal worth a staggering £200,000 per week.
And ever since the 25-year-old moved to the capital, the north Londoners have been in eye-catching form, both at home in the Premier League, as well as in the Uefa Champions League too.
As a result, going into Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash with in-form Southampton at the Emirates, the Gunners lead the top flight by two points from Liverpool after the opening 11 matches of the season.
And the Spain international has now revealed just what a lift Ozil arriving from the Spanish capital gave the whole team.
“I spoke to friends of mine at Madrid who told me that Mesut was talking to Arsenal and that he wanted to leave,” said Cazorla.
“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.”
The German has since managed to record an impressive seven goals and three assists in total in just 12 matches in all competitions for his new team since his big-money move to the capital in September, including two strikes and five assists in only eight Premier League outings.