Ozil can be a dominant player, says Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident new signing Mesut Ozil will go on to become a "dominant player" for the club.

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The German international is in line to make his first appearance for Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend, having signed for the English club from La Liga giants Real Madrid on the final day of the transfer window.

Speaking to the club's official website, Wenger pointed out that Ozil certainly possessed the skills required to take the Premier League by storm and was at the appropriate age to firmly establish himself as one of the sport's leading players.

"He's at a good age. He is 25 in October and he's already a great player. There's room now between 25 and 30 for him to become a dominant player and to make a step up from that," he explained.

"There are many players who are very, very good to make the step to being great. You have to find the right club at the right moment [but] having the mental dedication is the major difference now."

The deal to sign Ozil from Real Madrid broke the Gunners' transfer record and silenced critics that had previously accused Wenger of being miserly in the transfer market.

Emphasizing his belief that clubs should not be spending money they do not have, the Frenchman was proud Arsenal managed to keep pace with Europe's elite without shelling out exorbitant amounts for new players over the past few years.

"I fight for the teams to spend the money they had made and not the money they have artificially earned. Once they have made that money I am happy to spend it. As you know as well, what is very important for us is to find world-class players. There are not plenty around," Wenger explained."

“We had to go through some years when I signed a long-term contract where we had some restricted financial potential. And the target was to stay in the Champions League in this period and we managed to do it. We are now in a strong position financially."

Arsenal travel to Sunderland for their Premier League fixture this Saturday.

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