Ozil can take Arsenal to the next level, says Gibbs

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Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs believes new signing Mesut Ozil can help take the club to the next level.

24-year-old Ozil, who has already won 48 caps for his native Germany, joined the Gunners after completing a £42.5 million move from Spanish giants Real Madrid on transfer deadline day. 

Ozil, who was a real fans favourite at the Santiago Bernabeu after hugely impressing during his three-year stint with Real, is Arsenal's record signing and his arrival has increased expectations around the club for the current season. 

Full-back Gibbs has echoed the positive sentiments expressed by a huge proportion of fans following the move, and he evidently believes the impressive capture of Ozil can act as a real statement of intent from the club and long-serving manager Arsene Wenger.

He told Arsenal Player: "It is a statement to what the club want to do and what the club want to achieve.  It is something that everyone has been waiting for so now we have a big signing to help push us to the next level.

"He has got a clinical side to him and technically he is world-class. He is going to create a lot of problems for opposition we come up against and hopefully he can continue the form that he had with Real Madrid."

Arsenal, who pipped fierce rivals Tottenham to fourth place in the Premier League last season, have enjoyed a typically eventful start to the 2013/14 campaign. A somewhat humiliating 3-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium against Paul Lambert's youthful Aston Villa outfit provoked outrage from the stands as fans lambasted the club for failing to suitably bolster the squad during the summer.

Their form has since improved, however, with consecutive top-flight victories over Fulham and Spurs. Arsenal were also able to secure their passage into the Champions League group stages with a comfortable 5-0 aggregate win over Turkish side Fenerbahce. 

Wenger's men are back in action following the international break with a long trip north to face Paolo di Canio's struggling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on September 14. 

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