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Cazorla salutes Ozil capture

Santi Cazorla believes the signing of Mesut Ozil, a man with 'bits of genius', represents 'superb' business for Arsenal.

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Mesut Ozil: Has already offered a return on Arsenal's sizeable investment

Mesut Ozil: Has already offered a return on Arsenal's sizeable investment

The Gunners left it late to complete a marquee capture in the summer window, with Ozil snared from Real Madrid on deadline day.

Arsene Wenger broke from tradition to smash the club's transfer window in landing the Germany international, with a £40million-plus deal required to secure his signature.

While that price tag has placed added pressure on Ozil, it already looks like being money well spent - with Arsenal perched at the top of the Premier League standings.

Cazorla, who is currently sidelined through injury, feels Ozil is exactly what the Gunners need to take them to the next level, but has refused to be drawn on why Real were prepared to let a player of such obvious talent head through the exits.

He told AS: "He's a superb signing for Arsenal, a player who arrived with a lot of humility and wanting to do something important. He's a different player with bits of genius.

"Madrid's president has done great things for the club by signing spectacular players. Sure there will be people upset about it, but without knowing more than what I read, they have their reasons."

Ozil's arrival has provided direct competition to Cazorla in the creativity department, but the Spanish playmaker is confident he will play his part over the course of a gruelling campaign.

He added: "Everyone wants to play every minute, but you must understand that this is very long (the season) and there is time for everyone."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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