Arsenal & Ozil won't win Champions League, says Laudrup

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Michael Laudrup has suggested that Arsenal won't compete for the Champions League title even with new signing Mesut Ozil.

Ozil left Real Madrid for Arsenal on transfer deadline day in a massive £42.5m deal, much to the surprise of many - Laudrup included.

He told reporters: "I have to admit I was very surprised when I saw he had left Real Madrid as he is a fantastic player.

"I was also surprised with the way it happened on the last day of the transfer window as I did not imagine a player with his quality would be changing team at the last moment, but he did and you have to say well done to Arsenal."

The signing of Ozil has led to suggestions that Arsenal can challenge for major honours this season. After topping the table after five games and Ozil already topping the assist chart in the Premier League, many believe Arsene Wenger can finally end a nine year long trophy drought.

However, Laudrup has hinted that the Champions League will not be one of them and insists Ozil left one of the strongest contenders for the big-eared trophy for one that will not compete.

"Arsenal is a great club," he said. "But with Real Madrid you are playing in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the Champions League."

The Swansea manager did admit that despite not being strong enough to beat the likes of Real Madrid in Europe, the Gunners still posses one of the strongest midfields in the league.

Arsenal travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening and Laudrup believes his side are in for a tough time, praising Arsenal for recovering from a tricky start.

"Even before signing Ozil, the strongest part of their side was the midfield with Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and after adding Ozil there is so much quality. Fortunately Cazorla can not play against us, but they are still very good in that area.

"They lost the first game and experts were saying they would have a tough year, but now they have won games including a difficult Champions League game. It's a fantastic start," the Swans boss said.

"It will be difficult for us as their midfield is strong and Olivier Giroud has shown Wenger he wants to repay the faith he has shown in him, and Aaron Ramsey has also had a great start to the season.

"I'm looking forward to an exciting game, but also a difficult one."

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