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Mesut Ozil earns Arsenal teammate's praise

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Arsenal's in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey has praised the impact of record signing Mesut Ozil, who scored his first Gunners goal and provided the assist for Olivier Giroud during Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League win over Napoli.

Ozil, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid at the end of the summer transfer window for £42.4m, has settled in well at the Emirates Stadium, winning all three of his matches since arriving.

But he really caught the eye on Tuesday night, effectively killing off Napoli inside the opening 15 minutes with a fine goal and an assist.

"We are all really pleased for him because he's given a lot of assists this season," Ramsey told Arsenal's official website. "I was happy to set him up and the team were happy for him to get his first goal.

"I think he's settled in pretty well. He's made a few assists already and got his first goal tonight so that's pleasing for him and the team. Hopefully he will score many more."

Tuesday's result leaves Arsenal top of Group F, with two wins from their opening two Champions League group stage matches.

"We're really pleased to take six points," Ramsey continued. "I thought we started off really well and put them under pressure with two goals in the first half which we deserved, and then we killed the game.

"We thoroughly deserved the win I thought. We've done ever so well since that blip against Aston Villa, we won every game and hopefully we can continue that. It's always nice to get off to a good start in the Champions League."

The Wales international now has his sights set on beating Borussia Dortmund later this month, which would leave the Gunners on the brink of qualification for the knockout rounds.

"I think the games against [Borussia] Dortmund will be massive, they are a tough team to play against and they got to the final last year but we're at home and we'll be confident of getting the right result against them," Ramsey added. "If we do we will put ourselves in a really positive position."

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