The more I read about Mesut Ozil and watch clips of him online the more excited I get. Even looking on Twitter, it’s amazing at the response his signing has been greeted with. He truly is the chosen one.
His shirt sales have gone through the roof, and God knows what his first home game is going to be like. People compare the signing to when we amazingly brought in Dennis Bergkamp in 1995, and I can see why.
Dennis Bergkamp was a world class talent, already in the prime of his career. A regular for Holland, everyone knew how special he was. This was the last time we bought a ready made star, and someone who I believe helped change the image of Arsenal Football Club.
Of course, we’ve had greats like Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry grace the club but they were moulded by Arsene Wenger. Bergkamp, was one of the best players in the world.
And the same goes for Mesut Ozil. He has the best assist record in Europe (alongside Lionel Messi) and is a truly world class player. He is the assist master, makes teams tick and probably one of the very few players would could make Arsenal play even more attractive attacking football.
So everything is positive so far.
But is he enough to take us to the next level? That’s the big question.
Players like Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky have expressed their excitement at the signing, but while there is pressure on Ozil to deliver, the rest of the squad should feel it too. Ozil has been at Real Madrid for the last 3 seasons where the standards are extremely high. And he has been with a German team who are one of the best teams in the world – the rest of the Arsenal squad need to make sure they up their game and step up as well.
Theo will have to improve his overall game. Ozil is used to playing in Cristiano Ronaldo, someone who always takes their chances. There’s no point Ozil making assists if no-one is finishing them, and the same goes for Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman’s form is good of late but he needs to make the step up as well.
If we rely purely on Ozil then we are asking a lot to compete for the Premier League. But if the rest of the squad raise their standards and play at the same level as Ozil, then we have every chance.