Ozil eyes trophies with Arsenal
Mesut Ozil is confident he can fit right into the heartbeat of the Arsenal side and help end their quest for a first trophy in almost a decade.
The 24-year-old Germany international completed a club-record transfer from Real Madrid late on deadline day for a fee believed to be £43million as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger finally delivered a marquee signing.
The departure of the third-generation Turkish-German playmaker was greeted with shock by some of his former team-mates, so highly is the player rated among his peers.
Ozil made his mind up to leave after being told he no longer figured in the first-team plans of Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti following the world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham.
The German is now determined to make a major impact with the Gunners alongside the likes of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla as the team look to deliver some silverware to finally follow the 2005 FA Cup into the Emirates Stadium trophy cabinet.
"I want to improve myself further and I am looking forward to the style of play. Arsenal are well known for the strength of their technical game and their desire to play attacking football. I think I will fit perfectly into that. That is why I chose to sign for the club," Ozil said in an interview with Arsenal Player.
"In the last few years, Arsenal haven't been so successful, but we want to become more successful.
"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]."
The influence of Wenger cannot be underestimated in securing a deal which was brokered over the weekend, when Arsenal beat arch-rivals Tottenham in the north London derby.
The French coach - who has come in for severe criticism over recent seasons, but still continued to deliver Champions League qualification - spoke personally to Ozil, a player he had tracked since emerging at Werder Bremen, which helped fend off late interest from both Paris St Germain and Manchester United.
Ozil believes his style of play will help him settle quickly into a new environment, with his first outing likely to be at Sunderland on September 14.
"I am the sort of player that likes to create goals. I think a lot of my team-mates know me as a player who is not selfish," he said.
"It makes me very happy when I create goals or score goals myself, but the most important thing is that the team reaches its goal and plays positive football."
Ozil was part of the Germany Under-21 side which beat England 4-0 in the final of the 2009 European Championships. He added: "I am happy to be playing in the Premier League because everyone knows it is the strongest league in the world. There are simply a lot of top teams.
"I want to prove myself there. It is a new challenge for me, a new task.
"I am looking forward to that. I want to improve further under the boss and in the team. I am really excited about it.
"I am so happy to be playing at Arsenal. I am honoured by it. I hope we can have a successful season."
Like many of his new team-mates, Ozil will be busy on international duty in the World Cup qualifiers, with Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker also in the German squad for the Group C games against Austria and Faroe Islands.
Forward Lukas Podolski will have to wait a while before he can link-up with Ozil back at Arsenal, as he recovers from a hamstring tear.
However, Podolski is in no doubt of the impact Ozil can have. Speaking to the Bild newspaper, he said: 'Mesut will help us in any situation. Our system and game at Arsenal will fit very well to him.
"Definitely Mesut and I will rock Arsenal. It is our great goal to have success in London. We already play awesome football. The only think that has been missing was the last punch, that surprise moment. That's exactly what Mesut can give us, with a super pass or a solo move."
After moving to strengthen his squad with new arrivals, Wenger is now likely to look to tie up the future of Bacary Sagna, with the France international in talks to extend his contract which expires at the end of the season.