Hector Bellerin has opened up about how he and rest of the Arsenal squad felt about the club’s chances of completing what was a high-priority deal in January.
The Gunners received a lot of criticism for allowing key forward Alexis Sanchez to leave the club and join Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Much of those negative remarks about Arsenal letting go of another star player was reduced by the arrival of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to add to Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Those moves happened before arguably the most important deal of the transfer window for most fans as Mesut Ozil agreed to sign a new contract.
The 29-year-old had been linked with a departure for several weeks and many feared he would follow Sanchez out of the club.
However, Hector Bellerin has revealed that Ozil’s teammates were actually confident about him remaining at the Emirates stadium before he officially extended his deal.
“Everyone in the training ground, everyone in the team knew he was going to stay,” Bellerin said
“He is a guy that loves London, loves Arsenal and he always gets really angry when things don’t go well. So you know how much it means for him to win or lose for this club. So I think everyone in the club, the dressing room, was sure.
“It is as exciting as a new signing. To have a player with Mesut’s qualities and all he brings to the team to sign for a few more years, it is really exciting for Arsenal and for the fans.”