Mesut Ozil has promised Arsenal fans he will do all he can to bring some overdue silverware to the club, as he sets his sights on winning the Premier League title.
With just free transfers Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini added to the Gunners squad, as well as goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on loan, it could have been another frustrating summer for the Emirates Stadium faithful. However, the sensational club record signing of Ozil sparked scenes of jubilation in the red half of North London on deadline day.
Arsene Wenger, who has often come in for criticism for not spending big on his squad, spent a whopping £42.5million to lure the 24-year-old from Real Madrid. The German international, widely regarded as one of the best playmakers in world football, is now expected to play a key role as the club look to end their trophy drought.
Not since Patrick Vieira’s shootout kick won the FA Cup against Manchester United in Cardiff back in 2005 have Arsenal added to their honours list, and this is something which Wenger and his players are often reminded of. Ozil, though, is confident he and his team-mates can deliver, and he even thinks they are in with a genuine shout of the title.
When asked if the Gunners can win a first league title since 2004 this season, Ozil replied: “Of course, definitely. I know the team and the talent we have here. Every player wants to be successful and Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world. We definitely want to achieve something with this team – that is what we all work for.
“Of course it will be very difficult because the Premier League is the strongest league in the world. But we will give everything to achieve success. We want to play attractive football to improve, but of course also successful football. I can’t promise to win trophies but I can promise as a team we can give our all to win trophies.”
Ozil, who has scored 14 goals in 48 appearances for the German national side, is set to make his Gunners debut at Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. He will then feature against Marseille in the UEFA Champions League, before making his home bow in front of his new adoring public when Stoke City visit on Sunday 22 September.