Ozil: I’ll help to end Arsenal’s trophy drought

Frank Dalleres
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ARSENAL’S new record signing Mesut Ozil is convinced the Gunners can finally end the most notorious silverware drought in English football this season.

Manager Arsene Wenger has not delivered a trophy since 2005 but £42.5m deadline-day arrival Ozil believes that run is about to end.

“Definitely,” he said. “In the last few years Arsenal haven’t been so successful but we want to become more successful. We have a very strong and a very young team that can improve a lot under the manager. I think we’ll win trophies because we have the potential.”

Ozil called his move from Real Madrid “a perfect decision”, contrary to suggestions he was forced out of the Spanish club, and said his role model was hot-headed former France playmaker Zinedine Zidane.

“He was the perfect player,” the Germany midfielder told Arsenal Media. “He was good in the air, strong defensively and offensively. He had hardly any negative headlines including in his private life. He was a role model for me.”

Ozil denied his Germany team-mates and new club colleagues Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski had persuaded him to join, saying he did not speak to them before his move.