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Could Mesut Ozil be the new Bergkamp?

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It has been well documented that Arsenal have not won a trophy in eight years now.

The move to the Emirates in 2006, although essential, has been costly in the trophy department. Having such an impressive stadium was never going to come cheap and in total it cost Arsenal the best part of £390m.

Most of Arsenal’s money since has been used for paying off that sum rather than investing in top class footballers, relying instead on Arsene Wenger’s undoubted ability to harvest young talent keep them competitive.

To be fair Wenger has done very well with what he has achieved whilst barely spending a penny and constantly keeping Arsenal in profit, something very few other top clubs manage these days. He has secured Champions league football in every full season he has spent at Arsenal.

These days though, there is so much money being spent by the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham that to remain competitive and finally end that trophy drought, Arsenal must start buying.

For most of the summer they were linked with pretty much every world class player in Europe after chief executive Ivan Gazidis announced that Arsenal would now have substantial transfer funds.

The problem was no one seemed to be joining; they missed out on the likes of Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain because from the outside they seemed to be dragging their feet.
Then on the final day of the transfer window Arsene Wenger and Arsenal broke the habit of a lifetime and spent big. By their standards it was really big; they paid a club record £42.4m for the services of the excellent German Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

In his time at Madrid, Ozil has more league assists to his name than any other top flight player in Europe barring Lionel Messi who is level with Ozil on 47.

Ozil also averages 4.07 key-passes-a-game which is almost double that of any of his former team mates at Madrid.

These qualities have meant Arsenal fans have welcomed Ozil’s arrival at the Emirates stadium with open open arms. This is the biggest signing Arsenal have made since Dennis Bergkamp in 1995.

But will the German reach the heights that Arsenal legend Bergkamp reached?

Well, I’ve watched Ozil play a good number of times and I believe he will fit into the Arsenal team very well. His eye for a pass is second to none and with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and a rejuvenated Aaron Ramsey backing him up you have to feel Ozil will make a big impact at Arsenal.

Ozil was yesterday presented to the media for the first time as an Arsenal player and in English declared “I’m a Gunner”.

When asked if Arsenal could go and win the league from here, he replied (in German through a translator) “Of course, definitely. I know the team, I know what talent we have here and I think every player here wants to be successful.” Ozil then said “Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world.”

Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world, he is right there but they are still to win a trophy since the retirement of Bergkamp and I don’t think that is just a coincidence.

Arsenal were a phenomenal team with stars like Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Bergkamp but when the time came for them to all move on they never really had the financial firepower to instantly replace them and therefore had to nurture the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri into great players - only for them to all move on for trophies and bigger wages at clubs that were more willing to shell out big money than Arsenal.

Arsenal fans will now be hoping a couple more top class players will follow Ozil’s arrival during the next couple of transfer windows and if they do, with the talent that is already there, the trophies shouldn’t be too far away.

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