Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has had an immediate impact which continues to reverberate around the Premier League, according to Gunners vice-captain Mikel Arteta.

Ozil's £42.4m arrival at the Emirates on transfer deadline day proved to be one of the summer's most sensational transfer swoops, with the German international fitting seamlessly into Arsene Wenger's push for silverware at the Emirates.

Arteta believes that Ozil is a "special" capable of proving the difference in any game he plays, while insisting that the psychological impact of Arsenal signing a proven commodity at the peak of his powers is still being felt across Europe.

He told Sky Sports News: "The arrival of Mesut Ozil has had a huge impact. It sent a message to other teams about us which has made a psychological impact on the pitch.

"He is someone on the pitch who can win the game by himself. The more players you have like that the better chance we have to win the games. He is a very special player."

After just shy of half a season in England Ozil has already made his mark, setting the pace in the Premier League assist chart after setting up team-mates to score on six occasions.

Ozil has also chipped in with five goals in all competitions to help Arsenal build a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, while also contributing to an impressive Champions League campaign which has them on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages.

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