Jack Wilshere admits that Arsenal players “almost didn’t believe it” when the club signed Mesut Ozil in September 2013.
Ozil completed a shock move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2013, joining from Real Madrid for a club-record fee of £42.5million.
The German has faced criticism throughout his time at the Emirates Stadium, but has 13 assists and two goals in just 15 Premier League games so far this season, and has become crucial to Arsenal’s trophy challenge on numerous different fronts.
Fellow central midfielder Wilshere says Ozil joining gave the players and the club “a massive lift”.
“I think we knew what sort of player Mesut was,” Wilshere told Arsenal’s official website. “His history as a player and the clubs he has played for… to bring him in to play with us was massive.
“I remember watching [the TV on] transfer deadline day and seeing that Arsenal were interested in Mesut Ozil, and you almost didn’t believe it. When he arrived the players were buzzing and the fans were buzzing and I think that gave us all a massive lift.
“I watched him for a few years, he was another player who started off young and went to a big club like Real Madrid. I remember watching him a few times and thinking that this player really understands football. You can tell he really understands football and to play alongside him is something special.”