Selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal was a “historical error” by Real Madrid, says Marca editor, who also labels record signing Gareth Bale “one-dimensional”.
Real Madrid made a terrible mistake in selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, says the assistant editor of Marca, a sports publication based in the Spanish capital.
“The sale of Ozil is an historic error,” wrote Santiago Segurola in his column.
“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, especially Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Ozil already leads the Premier League assist charts with three in his first three games for the Gunners, who are already realising the benefits of having a world class star in their midst.
Arsenal top the Premier League table, eight points clear of champions Manchester United, while Real Madrid are currently languishing back in third, already five points behind rivals FC Barcelona.
Segurola was also critical of the man Ozil’s £42.5m sale helped finance – Gareth Bale, bought from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record fee towards the end of the transfer window, calling him “one-dimensional.”
“The club has signed a player (Bale) who is in excellent physical condition at an extortionate price, which is what Florentino Pérez likes to do.
“I might be wrong, because Gareth Bale has joined late and has barely had a pre-season, but he seems to be a one-dimensional player, who is not so involved in the dynamic side of the game.”
Bale, who like Ozil is 24 years of age, scored on his Real Madrid debut, but has been unable to cement his place in the team after a battle for fitness and form.
Bale deserves time to prove himself in a white shirt, but Real Madrid fans and the local media are notoriously impatient.
The quicker the Welshman can adapt to life in Spain, the sooner that world record fee is lifted from his shoulders.