Mathieu Flamini: Mesut Özil will make the difference for Arsenal

Mathieu Flamini is backing Mesut Özil to "make the difference" for Arsenal this season following his big-money transfer

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Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski pose with an Arsenal shirt Photo: Lukas Podolski/Instagram

Mathieu Flamini has backed Mesut Özil to “make the difference” for Arsenal this season following his big-money transfer from Real Madrid.

The £42.5m summer signing had a hand in all three goals as the Gunners moved top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday.

And Flamini believes the Germany international will prove to be a key player for the north Londoners as Arsenal look to end their eight-year wait for a trophy.

“We knew Mesut was a big player – he proved it at Madrid,” said Flamini.

“For us, it is a great boost because he is a great player and knows how to make the difference.

“He has great spirit, he is working hard for the team and can make the difference at any moment.

“Eight years without winning anything is not easy for anyone, for the fans, for the players, for the club or the coach, but the quality is here. Maybe it was missing just a few things.

“This year it was important that nobody left and then we got new players with a lot of quality and what is most important is the team spirit.”

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