Mesut Ozil can win Ballon d'Or - Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed record signing Mesut Ozil to win the Ballon d'Or in the future.

The Germany international, who completed his £42.4m move from Real Madrid to the Emirates Stadium in the summer, is one of the 23 players shortlisted for the 2013 Ballon d'Or award.

The 25-year-old is not expected to win the accolade - widely regarded as club football's most prestigious individual award - but Wenger believes he can claim it during his time in north London.

"Ozil is not one of the favourites this year, but in the future he can win it," the Frenchman told reporters.

"What he has brought to the team is exceptional technical quality. His vision and his desire to play collectively with other players is very strong. He is a player who has only one master and that is the football.

"He does what the game demands and that is something that all the great players have."

Ozil has enjoyed a fine start to his Arsenal career, scoring three goals and providing five assists in his first 11 matches for the club.

The Gunners are yet to lose a Premier League match in which Ozil has featured, leaving Wenger's men five points clear at the top of the table.

Ozil started his career with Schalke before moving to Werder Bremen, where he established his reputation as one of the Bundesliga's best playmakers, in 2007.

He went on to star at the 2010 World Cup finals before moving to Real Madrid in the same year.

But following the arrival of Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu, he was allowed to leave Los Blancos for Arsenal in September.

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