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International Soccer - England

Arsenal lands Ozil for $66 million

London, England (Sports Network) - Arsenal's pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil finally came to a close on Monday as the Germany international completed a move to the Emirates Stadium for a club record $66 million.

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

"Mesut is a top quality footballer who will be a fantastic addition to our talented squad. We are all looking forward to him joining up with us after his international matches with Germany and working with us as an Arsenal player."

The 24-year-old Ozil joins the Gunners from Madrid, where he appeared in 159 matches for the club in three seasons, winning both La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

Ozil began his career at Schalke and then went on to play in 71 games for Werder Bremen prior to his Madrid switch.

"I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League," said Ozil. "It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger.

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

Ozil has earned 47 caps and scored 17 goals for Germany, and he will join up with the German side for the team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers before linking up with Arsenal.

The Gunners also added Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on a season-long loan on Monday.

Viviano spent last term on loan at Fiorentina and his arrival will provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski in the Arsenal net.

09/02 18:13:06 ET

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