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Arsenal star hails Ozil impact

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Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has heaped praise on German international Mesut Ozil following his display against Stoke City.

Ozil, who was making his home debut at the Emirates Stadium, has eased into life in the Premier League by impressing against both Sunderland and Stoke.

The £42.4million signing from Real Madrid claimed three assists on Sunday as his side ran out 3-1 winners against Mark Hughes' Stoke side.

And fellow summer signing Flamini, who joined Arsenal on a free transfer following his release from Italian giants AC Milan over the summer, believes Ozil can be the man to help Arsenal end their eight-year trophy drought.

Flamini, speaking to ITV.com, said of Ozil's possible impact on the Arsenal team: "Eight years without winning anything is not easy for anyone, for the fans, for the players, for the club or the coach, but the quality is here.

"We knew Mesut was a big player - he proved it at Madrid.

"For us, it is a great boost because he is a great player and knows how to make the difference.

"He has great spirit, he is working hard for the team and can make the difference at any moment."

Flamini has also had a positive impact on the Gunners, having featured in all four of Arsenal's games since he completed his return to Arsene Wenger's side at the end of August.

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