Madrid's Ozil to Arsenal sale slated but it's been proved right, spectacularly

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Real Madrid were mocked mercilessly for selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, but they have got on just fine without him.

Spare a thought for Mesut Ozil right now, just as he shows he has in fact landed on his feet at Arsenal, winning an FA Cup medal in his first season, his old side go and top that achievement and then some.

After spending three seasons in Madrid and listening to their talk of the fabled La Decima, Ozil was sold for £42 million to the Gunners, to help balance the books after buying Gareth Bale and Isco.

With new boss Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, it appeared as though a season of re-building may be on the cards in Madrid, at least if the reaction of fans and pundits were anything to go by.

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp was one to weigh in on Madrid's sale of Ozil: "Mesut is a football grenade. No one really knows why he was sold. Maybe Real Madrid needed the money."

Spanish newspaper Marca were more scathing: "The sale of Özil is an historic error. Real Madrid has got rid of its second best player. He's a 24-year-old player who brought out the best in everyone around him."

Former Real boss and England manager Fabio Capello also believed it to be a big error, "He’s a world-class player. They made a mistake selling him."

Real's inconsistent league form may suggest that in a poor Barcelona year, Madrid did disappoint in not winning La Liga.

Yet by winning the Champions League over Atletico at the weekend, talk of Ozil's sale being a mistake will be banished, with Real's season to go down as a historic success rather than one of missed opportunity.

Arsenal will hope Ozil can kick on for them, and they can one day give the German the Champions League medal he may have landed up with had he stayed.

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