Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny believes that club-record signing Mesut Ozil is a proven commodity who has all the attributes required to make an instant impact at the Emirates.

Ozil completed a deadline-day move to Arsenal last night in a deal believed to worth around £42.5m, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger deciding to smash the club's transfer record to end his summer-long quest for a marquee signing.

Koscielny feels that the German schemer is a technical midfielder cast in the mould of previous playmakers who have graced north London, backing his new teammate to help Wenger build a side capable of challenging on multiple fronts.

He told The Mirror: "Ozil is a world class player who plays for Germany. He's a very technical player who has the profile to adapt to Arsenal's way of playing.

"It's true that the coach has been a bit criticised by the fans. We know that the club has money for transfers. But there's also the desire of players to come to Arsenal or not.

"They have contracts with certain clubs. All of that is a case of negotiating between the three parties so it's a bit difficult in terms of transactions. But I believe in this team."

The 24-year-old is currently on international duty with Germany and will have to wait until next Wednesday to link up with Arsenal for the first time.

Ozil arrives at Arsenal with a reputation as one of Europe's finest attacking midfielders honed during three seasons at Real Madrid, which saw him score 27 times in 159 appearances at the Bernabeu.

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