Mesut Ozil bemoans lack of Arsenal transfer activity
By Alex Taylor
Mesut Ozil has bemoaned Arsenal’s lack of transfer activity this summer.
The Gunners playmaker has watched on as his team have made only two senior signings this summer, midfielder Granit Xhaka and young centre-back Rob Holding.
Ozil is Arsenal’s record transfer signing following his £40million arrival from Real Madrid in 2013 and is eager to see more arrivals at the Emirates before the transfer window closes.
“This decision is not with me, but the coach and the management,” Ozil told German publication Spox. “Of course, we all watch as the other teams strengthen and get (to a higher level) in the league.
“But it’s not my job to occupy myself with it. I want to play my football and the team as best I can help.”
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The former Werder Bremen ace joined Arsenal from Real in a deal worth up to £42.5million in the summer of 2013 after starring in 143 encounters for the Spanish giants.
He has already played in 116 matches for the Gunners in his three-years at the club, scoring 20 goals in all competitions and proving to be one of the Premier League’s outstanding creative players.
The 79-time capped Germany international played a key-role in Arsenal’s second place finish last season, as he starred in 45 fixtures in all competitions, scoring eight goals and providing a staggering 20 assists.
It is said that Ozil wants to win major titles to supplement the two FA Cups he has already accumulated during his three-year Gunners stay.
Arsenal have also had another less than impressive transfer window compared to their title rivals with the only senior addition so far being Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach.
In other Arsenal team news, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that defender Gabriel will be out for six to eight weeks.