German playmaker also reveals the part Wenger played in persuading him to move to the Emirates.
New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil has targeted winning silverware with the north London club after giving his first interview since joining the Gunners from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The hugely talented German international stunned the footballing world by deciding to leave the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday and sign for the north London club in a deal worth a whopping £42.4m, a new record transfer for Arsenal, with the 24-year-old agreeing a five-year deal in the capital worth a staggering £200,000 per week.
However, the Arsenal fans will be delighted to hear that the silky-smooth playmaker is already aiming high by claiming that he wants to help to finally bring an end to the club’s eight-year search for a trophy, and what’s more, Ozil is eyeing the big one in the form of the Premier League title.
“In the last few years, Arsenal haven’t been so successful but we want to become more successful,” said Ozil. “We want to win trophies. I think the fans are looking forward to that too.
“We have a very strong and a very young team that can improve a lot under the manager. I think we will win trophies because we have the potential [to do so].
“I’m so happy to be playing at Arsenal. I’m honoured by it. I hope we can have a successful season. It feels really good.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge, life there [in London] and [meeting] my team-mates, the manager and the fans, as well as the Premier League. I’m really excited. It’s a perfect decision for me and and I’m looking forward to it all.
“I’m happy to be playing in the Premier League because everyone knows it’s the strongest league in the world. There are simply a lot of top teams. I want to prove myself there. It’s a new challenge for me, a new task. I want to improve further under the boss and in the team. I’m really excited about it.”
And the German also went on to reveal the influence that Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger played in managing to persuade him to swap the Spanish for the English capital this summer, with it having been reported that the Frenchman used his impressive multi-language skills in a telephone call in order to convince Ozil to make the move to the Emirates Stadium.
“I chose Arsenal because they are one of the top clubs in England,” said Ozil. “The coach is a world-class manager – he’s demonstrated that for years.
“A lot of players have developed under his guidance in the past and that’s why I decided to join Arsenal. I want to improve myself further and I’m looking forward to the style of play.
“Arsenal are well known for the strength of their technical game and their desire to play attacking football. I think I will fit perfectly into that. That’s why I chose to sign for the club.”
Eager Arsenal fans will have to wait until after the current international break to see new hero Ozil make his debut for the club, as they face an away trip to Sunderland.