Mesut Ozil has set his sights on ending Arsenal’s trophy drought and confirmed that Arsene Wenger’s vision for the club and football philosophy helped persuade him move to London.
Unperturbed by the Gunners recent lack of success, the 24-year-old, who has Copa del Rey and Primera Division titles to his name from his spell at Real Madrid and a DFB-Pokal Cup under his belt from his Werder Bremen days, told 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].”
One of the best players in the world, Ozil’s move to Arsenal has not only been the cause of much soul-searching in Madrid but raised eyebrows worldwide.
Reasserting the reasons for his decision, the midfielder underlined the importance of the long conversation he had with Arsene Wenger and what it was the Frenchman had planned for him.
“I chose Arsenal because they are one of the top clubs in England. The coach is a world-class manager – he’s demonstrated that for years.
“A lot of players have developed under his guidance in the past and that’s why I decided to join Arsenal. I want to improve myself further and I’m 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’s why I chose to sign for the Club.
“Arsenal are one of the technically strongest teams in the world. The manager always wants to play attractive and attacking football. I think I fit into that because I enjoy playing quickly – that ’one-touch football’.
“I’m happy to be part of the Club and I hope I can help the team.”