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Football: Arsenal sign Ozil from Real Madrid

In this file picture taken on Sept 11, 2012 Germany's Mesut Ozil controls the ball during their 2014 World Cup qualification football match against Austria at the Ernst Happel Stadium, in Vienna.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this file picture taken on Sept 11, 2012 Germany's Mesut Ozil controls the ball during their 2014 World Cup qualification football match against Austria at the Ernst Happel Stadium, in Vienna.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Mesut Ozil #10 of Real Madrid and Ashley Cole #3 of Chelsea fight for a ball during International Champions Cup Championship match at Sun Life Stadium on Aug 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Mesut Ozil #10 of Real Madrid and Ashley Cole #3 of Chelsea fight for a ball during International Champions Cup Championship match at Sun Life Stadium on Aug 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this file picture taken on Nov 6, 2012 Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates after scoring during the Uefa Champions League football match against Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Arsenal have announced
In this file picture taken on Nov 6, 2012 Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates after scoring during the Uefa Champions League football match against Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Arsenal have announced on Monday, Sept 2, 2013, that they have signed Real Madrid's German International midfielder Mesut Ozil for a club-record fee. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Granada's Brayan Angulo from Colombia, left, and Hassan Yebda from France close in on Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil from Germany, right during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada, Spain, on Monday, Aug 26, 2013. --
Granada's Brayan Angulo from Colombia, left, and Hassan Yebda from France close in on Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil from Germany, right during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada, Spain, on Monday, Aug 26, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this file picture taken on July 29, 2013 Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil attends the Real Madrid training session at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this file picture taken on July 29, 2013 Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil attends the Real Madrid training session at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this file picture taken on Aug 18, 2013 Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil eyes the ball during their Spanish league football match against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Arsenal have announced on Monday, Sept 2, 20
In this file picture taken on Aug 18, 2013 Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil eyes the ball during their Spanish league football match against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Arsenal have announced on Monday, Sept 2, 2013 that they have signed Real Madrid's German International midfielder Mesut Ozil for a club-record fee. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON, England (AFP) - Arsenal on Monday announced that they have signed Germany international midfielder Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a club-record fee.

"German international midfielder Mesut Ozil has joined Arsenal on a long-term contract in a club-record deal," read a statement on the Arsenal website.

"Ozil, 24, joins Arsenal from Real Madrid, where he made a total of 159 appearances in three years. During that time he won both La Liga and the Copa del Rey." Arsenal did not disclose how much they had paid to sign Ozil, but British media reports said the deal was worth £42.4 million (S$84 million).

"We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

"He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.

"I have said throughout the summer that we have been working hard to bring in top quality players to this football club.

"This has involved many many people across the club and I have always had the full support of the club in making decisions on the football side."

Ozil, who underwent a medical examination in Munich, told the Arsenal website: "I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League.

"It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsène Wenger.

"From our negotiations it is clear the club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future."