Arsenal new-boy backed to become a 'leader'

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Former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes Arsenal new-boy Mesut Ozil can become a 'leader' at the Emirates Stadium.

Ozil sealed a £42.4million move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day and USA manager Klinsmann believes that the move will benefit the German playmaker.

Speaking to Die Welt, Klinsmann said of his compatriot: "Arsenal are one of the best 11, 12 teams in Europe and now he gets the chance to take responsibility.

"At Real, it was so that [Sergio] Ramos and [Cristiano] Ronaldo called the shots. Now Mesut can assume such a role in London. He is now catapulted into the role of a leader.

"Ozil has learned a lot in recent years of being a big fish in the Madrid shark tank. He now takes this experience with him and that's great for Arsenal, Mesut and for Germany."

Ozil is due to make his Arsenal debut on Saturday when Arsene Wenger's side take on Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The former Real Madrid star is in good goalscoring form as he followed up his impressive brace against the Faroe Islands on Friday by scoring a 74th minute penalty in the reverse fixture on Tuesday night.

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