Arsenal fans are already getting very excited at seeing German international Mesut Ozil stepping out onto the pitch in a red and white shirt for the first time. The club smashed their transfer record in order to bring the 24-year-old to North London for a fee in the region of £42.5 million.
The Gunners faithful have been calling out for such a signing for years now, and they finally have their wish of a big name player arriving on the doorstep - and his signing probably acted as significant gloss to the fact the club didn’t sell Nicklas Bendtner.
Everton were also busy on deadline day, arguably doing some of the best business. They lost Maraoune Fellaini and Victor Anichebe, obviously big losses, but gained James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry in the process - all quality additions.
Barry was talked of a few weeks ago when odds on the move were slashed at Sky Bet, and with first-team football under Manuel Pellegrini seemingly hard to come by, his move makes sense.
For Everton it brings experience, composure and leadership to the middle of the park - it should be a great partnership.
But Arsenal’s biggest name arrival will be waiting to go up against Barry again.
When Ozil faced off for Germany in the 2010 World Cup he did so as a young whippersnapper with nothing to prove or lose. The Werder Bremen playmaker was one of the stars of the tournament.
Of course we know this, because he tore England to shreds in the round of 16.
Which is why, Ozil will be marking the date December 7th in his diary with lip wetting anticipation - as that is when the two teams face off in the Premier League.
The two have faced off since that famous tie, in fact Ozil changed the tide of the Real Madrid v Manchester City Champions League encounter at the Bernabeu in September last year - coming on as a 65th minute substitute.
But it is that meeting between Barry and Ozil in Cape Town that resonates prominently in the psyche.
Barry was charged with keeping an eye on the drifting playmaker in the tie, but he spent the majority of the game chasing his shadow.
And of course who can forget the humiliating pace-race between the pair that led to Germany’s fourth and final goal in the 4-1 thrashing.
Even Barry has spoken about the incident…
"That one incident people recall, from the Germany game, was on the highest stage at the World Cup, so it will be remembered. I'm comfortable with it. My game's different. It's just one incident that will be remembered by a lot of people. That's the way it goes. You have to be strong and forget about it; play your normal game… I've not seen it too much, to be honest. It's something you try not to think about too much. It's a negative."
Ozil and Arsenal will be hoping he runs Barry ragged again in a couple of months.
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