Mesut Ozil: Of course Arsenal can win the Premier League this season
Mesut Ozil is convinced that Arsenal have what it takes to win the Premier League title this season after his move from Real Madrid
Mesut Ozil is convinced that Arsenal have what it takes to win the Premier League this season.
The Gunners’ club-record signing was unveiled to the media at Arsenal’s training base on Thursday following his £42.5m move from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.
And the 24-year-old believes that the north London club, who have not won the league since their unbeaten triumph back in 2003-04, have what it takes to win the top-flight title this season.
“Of course [we can win the Premier League],” Ozil said. “I know the team, I know that talent we have here and I think every player wants to be successful.
“It will be difficult because this is the strongest league in the world but we will give everything.”
He continued: “We want to play offensive and good football. To keep clean sheets and play attractive football. I can’t promise to win trophies but I can promise as a team we will give our all to achieve this.”
Ozil’s departure from Real Madrid raised eyebrows after the Germany international spent three largely successful seasons in the Spanish capital.
But the playmaker, who could make his debut for the Gunners at Sunderland on Saturday, insists it is time to draw a line under his spell in Spain and is looking forward to a new challenge at Emirates Stadium.
“I don’t want to say anything bad about Madrid,” he said. “I had three wonderful years there, we achieved a lot and we won trophies.
“I had a great time there. People who know me know how professional I am. Over the years there I played 159 games.
“If you are not professional in your life I don’t think you can play that many games. I don’t care about all the rumours, I have a new task now and I am looking ahead.”
Ozil went on to say that he has no worries about how he will adapt to the physical nature of the Premier League.
“I look forward to playing in this league,” he said. “I have watched a lot of Premier League games.
“It is very physical here but I am really glad to play in the best league in the world. I want to prove myself in England and therefore I look forward to playing here. I know I will prove myself here.”
Meanwhile, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he tried to sign Ozil before he opted to join Real Madrid in 2010.
“When Mesut went to Real Madrid we were in touch then,” said Wenger. “I wanted to bring him to Arsenal but it didn’t work then. Now the second time it worked. The first contact really helped I think.”
The Frenchman continued: “The plans are quite simple – that he plays at his best. He has the style of play that fits in our game – technical ability, creativity – and all the attributed to succeed in this team.”