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What can Arsenal expect from new signing Mesut Ozil?

Ozil made 159 appearances for Real Madrid before joining Arsenal (©GettyImages)
Ozil made 159 appearances for Real Madrid before joining Arsenal (©GettyImages).

Arsenal fans have been crying out for a marquee signing for a number of years.

And Arsene Wenger has been under enormous pressure in the last few seasons to attract big name players and once again become a threat to their Premier League title rivals.

With no disrespect to the likes of Andrei Arshavin and Santi Cazorla, the Gunners completely shattered their own transfer record, splashing out £40m to sign German midfielder, Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Here's a look at what the playmaker should offer the North London club.

There's no need to reiterate it but it has been eight years since Arsenal have tasted the sweet success of silverware.

That being the F.A. Cup which the club lifted in 2005. Since then the Gunners have been in transition and despite being able to sign and grow a number of world class players, namely Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie, manager Arsene Wenger has been unable to recreate the success he achieved in his early years as manager and thus the likes of Fabregas, Van Persie and Samir Nasri have all been transferred to other clubs.

Many have questioned Wenger's ability while others have pondered his ambition and the best the Arsenal manager has been able to offer is a Champions League spot every year. Fans of the club are desperate for a return to the glory days. While it is no guarantee that Arsenal will be challengers for the championship this season, the signing of Germany's star player gives much hope and optimism to the Arsenal faithful.

It is a huge challenge and opportunity for Ozil to prove he is still his country's best player with the World Cup in Brazil fast approaching. It is also a chance for him to prove to Real Madrid about how wrong his former employers were to simply freeze him out of first team action. The midfielder could not be guaranteed first team football at the Bernabeu any longer with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and new record signing Gareth Bale all key players to the Madrid squad.

Arsene Wenger has always been a manager who simply loves the beautiful game. From Thierry Henry to Dennis Bergkamp to Robert Pires and now Mesut Ozil, the good times could be finally coming back to the Gunners fans after eight years of pain.

Ozil fits the bill as an elegant, stylish, creative midfielder who is capable of unlocking defences at will. This will no doubt enable Arsenal strikers Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott to feed off the passes supplied to them by their newest teammate. The club's newest and most expensive acquisition will also link up with international teammates Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, both of whom are established members of the Gunners current squad.

Arsenal will be hoping that fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey can keep up his good run of form and that the highly rated Jack Wilshere can remain as fit as possible to allow both Ozil and Cazorla to drive forward in order to create chances and score goals. If this comes to fruition, it may not be long before the North Londoners can claim to have the best midfield in the Premier League and for £40m, Ozil is likely to be the key part in all of that.

Prior to his transfer to his new club, Ozil played for Werder Bremen. However it was his excellent performances for his country during the 2010 FIFA World Cup that persuaded then Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho to sign the attacking midfielder for a fee in the region €15m. Despite receiving an enormous amount of praise for his clear creative genius, Ozil was finding playing time harder and harder to come by based on Madrid's ability to sign players at an extraordinary rate. Not to mention the world record £85m signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham but also Isco from Malaga, who playing style is similar to Ozil's.

Ozil is very much a Wenger-type player due to his style and his ability on and off the ball. The midfield creator assisted a huge number of Real Madrid's goals last season and Gunners fans will be hoping that the club's newest signing can replicate that fantastic number for them in his first season.

Ozil has represented Germany on 47 occasions and has scored 14 goals since making his first appearance in 2009. He turns 25 next month which means he is just coming into his prime, a huge sense of believe should echo around the Emirates Stadium and if the German number eight shines from the off for his new club, he could be the difference. The move also sees Ozil become the most expensive German player of all time, ahead of Mario Gotze who joined Bayern Munich also this summer.

Ozil will wear the number eleven shirt for Arsenal this season, which has previously been worn by the likes of Marc Overmars and Van Persie during their tenure with the club.

Do you think Mesut Ozil can propel Arsenal back to the Premier League summit? Have your say below.

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