Former Arsenal star says Gunners paid over the odds to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, but La Liga club “lost the plot” spending so much on Gareth Bale.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says that the Gunners overpaid in signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, but that the Spanish club distorted the market first in their €100m outlay on Gareth Bale.
“In all honesty, Arsenal paid too much for Mesut Ozil, but that’s because Gareth Bale went to Real Madrid for so much more money,” said Lehmann in an interview with Spox, as quoted by Spanish publication Marca.
“Nobody is worth that much.”
Out of the two transfers, Lehmann believes his fellow German was a more impressive buy.
“The Ozil deal was much better,” continued the goalkeeper, part of the famous Arsenal Invincibles side of 2003-2004.
“I don’t see a €50m difference between the two players. That’s how that market works when a club like Real Madrid loses the plot.”
Ozil has had a tremendous start to his career in north London and already leads the Premier League assists chart, whilst Bale’s Real Madrid move has been disrupted by injury – though he did score on his debut.