Arsenal latest: Including Ozil reaction and Viviano trains


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The biggest Arsenal story of the day and, likely, the whole summer, was the 22:30 BST announcement on Monday evening - deadline day - that Arsene Wenger had secured one of the best players available on the summer transfer market.

The news was well received outside the stadium, as fans draped in red-and-white celebrated with beers, lay across the tarmac ground and hung themselves off of police vans. The reaction inside the manager's office may have been slightly less laddy but one would not begrudge Wenger asking for congratulatory fist bumps.

One well known Spanish journalist claims that Mesut Ozil was sold against his will and did not want to join the Gunners, however, this is in contrast to what the player himself says on the official website. Ozil stated that the manager's belief in his talents, coupled with the presence of international team-mates Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski was enough to convince him that he could see Arsenal as his home.

'I had spoken to him at length on the telephone and he explained his plans and that he has faith in me and that is what I need as a player. I’m also looking forward to being on the same team as Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker.'

Podolski and Ozil even posted a photograph to Instagram holding an Arsenal jersey aloft.

It didn't take long for the news of Ozil's arrival to spread throughout the club and Theo Walcott said at a press conference whilst on England duty that he is 'excited' at the prospect of sharing a pitch with the former Real Madrid playmaker.

Arsenal's other deadline day transfer, Emiliano Viviano, said that he has not joined the club merely to bulk up the goalkeeping numbers and fully intends to challenge Wojtech Sczczesny for the spot between the sticks.

'I think it is a good thing that there are other great goalkeepers here. We are at work every day together and I am sure there will be great friendship. I always see Szczesny play and he is a good goalkeeper, a great goalkeeper. I will work hard.'

Bendtner, meanwhile, spoke of his 'disappointment' that he was not sold and has to continue on at Arsenal.

And finally, Thomas Vermaelen becomes a father.

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