Former Arsenal striker Niall Quinn has spoken of his delight at the club's capture of Mesut Ozil and believes the German has the potential to become the Gunners' next Dennis Bergkamp.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the ex-Sunderland chairman who scored 14 goals in 67 league games for Arsenal between 1983 and 1990, really believes Arsene Wenger has signed a gem in Ozil and thinks the former Real Madrid superstar could help the Gunners move onto the next level.
"Should we ever question Arsene Wenger? We're talking about a team who we thought were in crisis after the first game of the season - we saw Aston Villa beat them easily and they had got 15 players off their books with nothing seemingly coming in.
"But Ozil is a perfect signing.
"He's 24 years of age and there could be a 10-year role for him at Arsenal. He could do what Dennis Bergkamp did, he's that good. He's the player that Jose Mourinho said is the best number 10 in the world and I remember Ruud Gullit on a Champions League night saying he is technically the most perfect footballer he's seen.
"Ozil has the ability to bring this club onto a new level. He is a player who is coveted and has been talked about for the last few years as one of the great players. He's developed into that great player and Arsenal are getting him at the peak of his career.
"The pressure will come on now that Ozil has thrown it out there that he wants to help Arsenal win titles but this is a step in the right direction for the club. Over the last few years they've sold all their good players and lots of players have left them who have won lots of things but the curve is going up the right way again and this is shrewd business from Arsenal.
"It's a fantastic signing and fair play to Arsene - now he's gone, he's gone big, " said Quinn.
In a transfer that surprised and knocked a few people out after all the continuous lambasting comments over Wenger's failure to sign big names earlier this summer such as Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Luiz Gustavo, Ozil must now live up to his massive £42.4million transfer fee - a sum that smashed the Gunners' previous transfer record of £15million for Andrey Arshavin, and deliver the goods in a big season for the north London outfit.
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