Mesut Ozil was overpriced – but better than Gareth Bale, insists ex-Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann

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Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann has claimed his former side overpaid for Mesut Ozil – but insists the midfielder is far better value than Gareth Bale.

Ozil made his club record £42.5million switch to the Gunners after Real Madrid completed the world record signing of Bale for £86million, and although Lehmann has condemned both transfer fees, he believes his ex-club are the ones who came out on top.

The former goalkeeper told German website Spox: ‘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. Nobody is worth that much.

‘The Ozil deal was much better. 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.

‘Arsenal are profiting from Ozil’s level of game and performance and his success is not a surprise…

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