Via Madrid, Arsenal Get One Over on Spurs


by Chris “Bubba” Blakely

Tottenham lost one of their main goal scoring options and Arsenal finally paid a large sum of money to get a star player.

Gareth Bale. Good Business for Spurs Scott Marsh Photography

In the end Tottenham decided to sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a whopping six years and £85.3m. That works out to roughly $133.36 million in US currency.

After Real Madrid signed Bale they no longer needed the services of Mesut Ozil.

Ozil signed on with Arsenal for five years at £42.5m which is roughly $66.445 in million in US currency.

Both teams get relatively young players in Ozil and Bale. Both players are only 24 years of age.

It had been debated throughout the summer transfer window if Tottenham would let Bale go and if Arsenal would sign someone that the fan base wanted so desperately.

Arsenal fans were given what they so badly desired before the deadline. Ozil was more than happy to accept Arsenal’s after Madrid signed Bale away from Tottenham.

Ozil was quoted as saying “Arsenal has shown faith in me that Madrid did not”.

Ozil becomes the third most expensive signing in British football history, behind Fernando Torres, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50m in 2011, and Carlos Tevez, who cost Manchester City £45m.

After 146 games with Tottenham, Bale scored 46 goals. He scored 26 of these goals last year as he led Tottenham through the Premier League campaign and Europa League.

Ozil is not as much of a goal scorer as Bale is after scoring only 19 goals in 105 La Liga appearances for Madrid. Bale will be joining an already strong team with the likes of Ronaldo, Khedira, Benzema, Ramos, Pepe and Casillas.

Ozil (r) has joined ArsenalPhoto: Denise McCooey

Ozil (r) has joined Arsenal
Photo: Denise McCooey

That’s already a very talented team so adding someone like Bale to that roster has the possibility of only making them that much better. Ozil will be joining Wilshire, Podolski, Arteta, Sagna, and Szczesny. I can only imagine having an attacking midfielder will do for Arsenal.

Earlier in the year I made my predictions on how I felt the Premier League season would go. I have Arsenal at the fourth position.

If they had made this transfer prior to the beginning of the season I may have picked them as high as finishing second in the table.

Only time will tell how these summer transfers will pan out.  There will be a few Premier League goalkeepers that are happy to see Bale move on, but yet are not so happy to see Ozil join the league.


About Author

Steve is the founder and owner of Prost Amerika. He covered the expansion of MLS soccer in Cascadia at first hand. As Editor in Chief of, he was accredited at the 2014 World Cup Final. He is the former President of the North American Soccer Reporters Association/ Originally from Glasgow, he is a supporter of the Great Glasgow Alternative, Partick Thistle.

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