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Petit: Arsenal can win the title

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Former Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes Arsenal can win the Premier League title this year, reports the Daily Star.

The 43-year-old Frenchman - who also played for the Gunners between 1997 and 2000, before joining Barcelona - has backed the north London club for domestic success in 2013/14, following the deadline day arrival of Mesut Ozil.

Petit feared it would be another trophy-less season at the Emirates Stdium, before Gunners boss Arsene Wenger splashed the cash to complete a club-record deal for the German playmaker.

Ozil has all the qualities needed to be a huge success in England, and the ex-Stamford Bridge star has backed the £42.5million signing to help fire Arsenal to the title, ahead of reigning champions Manchester United and Chelsea.

"Arsenal can definitely win the league," said Petit. "I was worried just before Mesut Ozil came to the club but when I saw him arrive with [Mathieu] Flamini I thought to myself: 'If everything goes well they do something'.

"Mesut Ozil is playing the same way Arsenal used to play and he fits perfectly into the dressing room. For those who watch national matches, he's been brilliant [the] last couple of years."

Petit added: "Ozil and Kaka have had it tough at Real Madrid - I knew they weren't happy.

"It was great for Arsenal to get him because when he's confident he can do whatever he wants on the pitch. He's the perfect team-mate."

Arsenal have now gone eight years since last winning a trophy, and Petit - who won an FA Cup and Premier League double with the Gunners in 1997/98 - is confident this will be the year the club ends its barren run.

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