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Value for money with this Arsenal transfer?

Date: 11th February 2014 at 6:27pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Back in the summer, we witnessed Arsene Wenger break the habit of a lifetime when he launched a last-minute swoop for Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil. In sharp contrast to a club that held the £13million acquisition of Sylvain Wiltord in 2000 as their record transfer fee for the next eight-and-a-half years, Arsenal splashed out an unprecedented £42.5million on the German international. The move broke almost every rule in Wenger's transfer rule-book; big bucks on an already established player that undoubtedly morphed the Emirates' rigid wage structure too. So twenty games into his Premier League career, it's time to give the first analysis on whether Ozil has justified the Gunners gaffer's transfer agenda-bending, and that eye-watering £42.5million fee. I'm sure you will have noticed that this article has coincided with the North London side's shock 5-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend. The result's aftermath has seen the 25 year-old bare the brunt of criticism from fans, pundits and BT Sport's Michael Owen. I do not intend to venture down the road of hyperbolas rant - one performance does not define a player, especially a player with such proven pedigree as Arsenal's summer signing. Owen's judgement that Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho is 'more influential when it counts', was unjustified, unnecessary, and unfounded in fact. But let's not commit to the other extreme of ignoring Ozil's dismal Anfield ... Read More

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