Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn says the signing of Mesut Ozil has convinced the squad that Arsenal have turned a corner
Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Gunners defender praised the impact that Ozil has had on the squad and the club as a whole.
For a long time Arsenal were known for selling their better players, however, with this summer seeing no major players leaving the club - and Ozil signing in a record £42.5million deal - Winterburn believes it shows Arsenal may be changing their ways.
The Germany international has been in sparkling form since making his switch from Real Madrid and the ex-left-back believes the transfer has changed the mindset of those at the club.
“What Ozil has done is brought the belief to other players in the squad that maybe Arsenal have turned the corner," Winterburn said to talkSPORT. "Rather than selling our best players we’re now trying to bring some real quality into the football club."
With Arsenal playing some scintillating football this season, Winterburn also says that the squad are responding to Ozil's undoubted ability:
“He’s given everyone a massive lift. You can see he’s got quality and other players are responding to that.”
Arsenal face Chelsea tonight in the first of several gruelling fixtures, and many believe Arsene Wenger's squad can only be judged having negotiated the upcoming games.
Despite sitting top of the table, doubts remain about whether or not the Gunners can mount a serious title challenge.
Winterburn is remaining philosophical about his former club's chances, but insists they've been proving their critics wrong thus far.
“The team has been in superb form since the back end of last season,” he added. “Look at the points they’ve picked up in the league over that period of time. They’ve been superb.
“What people want to know now is can they sustain that and at least be in a position to challenge come the end of the season?
“There is still that debate around Arsenal, do they need another centre-forward to complement Giroud? Have they got enough depth, they have in midfield, but do they need anything more defensively?
"The questions are being asked but at the moment the team is answering them.”
Chelsea will pose a big question to Arsenal tonight, and they'll have to face the Blues without midfield pair Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.