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Arsenal’s deadline day signing with seconds to spare, Mesut Ozil coup and own goal threat

Mirror logo Mirror 01/02/2021 Rich Jones

Arsenal have had their fair share of deadline day drama in the past.

Whilst Mikel Arteta has not made any late additions this year, instead focusing on trimming his squad, the Gunners have not been afraid to do late business in the past.

Kieran Tierney and David Luiz both completed deadline day moves in the summer of 2019 whilst current manager Arteta joined from Everton on the final day of the window in 2011.

Other signings on the final day have included current academy chief Per Mertersacker as well as Yossi Benayoun, Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil amongst others.

Here’s a look back at three of the most memorable deadline day signings involving the Gunners.

Andrey Arshavin with a football ball: Andrey Arshavin joined Arsenal with seconds to spare in the transfer window © Getty Andrey Arshavin joined Arsenal with seconds to spare in the transfer window

Arshavin signs with eight seconds to spare

Andrey Arshavin emerged as a top Arsenal target in January 2009 - but they left things remarkable late.

At 10am on deadline day he was reported to be leaving Hertfordshire for Russia, but a bid was finally accepted by Zenit less than an hour before the window slammed shut.

With personal terms agreed and a medical completed, the deal seemed done but a compensation payment by Arshavin to Zenit held things up.

A snowstorm delayed the Premier league registration process and the deadline was extended beyond 5pm.

Nearly 24 hours after the deadline formally passed, a deal was confirmed by Arsenal and it later emerged they got the paperwork in with just eight seconds to spare.

“We got to the 30th of January, and everyone thought we better hurry up here. Then it got really serious,” Arshavin’s agent, Jon Smith, told BT Sport.

”It was snowing. So we flew the player over anyway.

”It got to the very last day and we were about £1.2million apart with about an hour to go. And it was literally who blinked, and I sat in the middle of it as the agent.

“In the end, I offered the Russians the extra money. And I said to Arsenal I've done this. And we had 30 seconds to go.’

“They had to email it (fax) through, and with eight seconds to go the Russians came through with the word ‘accepted’."

Gallas' own goal threat

It was on the final day of the transfer window in 2006 that William Gallas completed a move to Arsenal with Ashley Cole heading in the opposite direction to Chelsea.

But things took a remarkable turn when Chelsea released a statement slamming Gallas and accusing him of threatening to score an own goal or get sent off if picked for the club.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: William Gallas allegedly threatened to score own goals if picked by Chelsea © AFP/Getty William Gallas allegedly threatened to score own goals if picked by Chelsea

Part of the statement read: ”He went on to threaten that if he was forced to play, or if he was disciplined and financially punished for his breach of the rules, that he could score an own goal or get himself sent off, or make deliberate mistakes.”

Gallas rejected the claims, stating they “lack class" and accused the Blues of "hiding behind false accusations.

The Frenchman went on to play over 100 games for Arsenal before moving to another rival, Tottenham, in 2010.

Ozil smashes club record

Things can move quickly in the transfer window - as Mesut Ozil discovered in 2013.

The Gunners struck a £42.5million deal to land the German playmaker from Real Madrid and make him their club-record signing at the time..

After the transfer was announced, Ozil said: "At the weekend, I was certain I would stay at Real Madrid but afterwards I realised I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses.

Mesut Ozil sitting in a car: Mesut Ozil arrived at Arsenal on deadline day from Real Madrid in a club record move in 2013 © Daily Mirror Mesut Ozil arrived at Arsenal on deadline day from Real Madrid in a club record move in 2013

“I am a player who needs this faith and that is what I have felt from Arsenal, which is why I have joined.

”When I spoke to Arsène Wenger on the phone, he was full of respect, and as a player, I need that.”

Ozil’s departure upset many at Real Madrid, whilst it was a huge coup for Arsenal at the time.

He more than made his mark before his career took a turn in recent years and he departed for Fenerbahce this window.

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