Mesut Ozil is sure Arsenal will end their trophy drought sooner rather than later.
The Gunners have failed to add to their honours list since they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final of 2005, courtesy of a penalty shootout in Cardiff. This has been a source of huge frustration for their fans, who have had to watch Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City share the past nine Premier League titles between them.
During this time Arsene Wenger has been urged to spend heavily, but the Frenchman has seemed reluctant to do so. However, on deadline day, he caused a sensation when he splashed out a whopping fee of around £42.5million to lure the brilliant German international Ozil from Real Madrid, in a deal which has stunned the footballing world.
The 24-year-old is sure to play a key part as the Emirates Stadium club look to end their trophy drought this season, be it with a 14th league title, a first UEFA Champions League crown, or perhaps more likely, one of the domestic cup competitions. And the new number 11 is confident that he and his new team-mates can bring silverware back to the club.
“In the last few years, Arsenal haven’t been so successful, but we want to become more successful,” he told Arsenal Player. “We want to win trophies. I think the fans are looking forward to that too. We have a very strong and a very young team that can improve a lot under the manager. I think we will win trophies because we have the potential [to do so].”
Ozil, who like many of his team-mates is currently on international duty, will likely make his debut for the Gunners when they take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on 14 September. His first home match will be the following Sunday when Stoke City visit, which comes after the first Champions League match of the season at French side Marseille.