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How will Mesut Özil fit in at Arsenal?

Arsenal have smashed their transfer record with the signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £42.5m. The question now is how will he fit in the Gunners starting 11?

It is thought that Arsene Wenger will play him in his natural position, just behind the striker in the no. 10 role. In reality it is not a where he plays it’s the problem of who gives way to fit him in.

I must say it’s quite a tantalizing prospect of watching Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere play in the same team, I don’t think many Premier League defences will look forward to facing that trio this season.

Combine this with Olivier Giroud’s good early season form and you could have a very dangerous team.

The hard decision for Wenger is to leave out a player like Aaron Ramsey or Mikel Arteta who have both been so important over the past couple of seasons.

Despite these good performances in the midfield it has been the creativity that has struggled, so often over the past few seasons Arsenal have struggled to break teams down and create enough chances to win games.

The void left by Cesc Fabregas can be attributed to some of the struggles Arsenal have had going forward, especially against the top half teams.

Ozil will certainly help solve this problem, over the past five seasons he has provided 72 assists, more than any other player in the top five leagues.

Add to this some more new signings it could be a return to trophy winning days for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. It has been said for quite a few years that Arsenal have a good basis of squad and all they needed to compete was a bit of quality added to the team, tonight they get a huge chunk of quality in Mesut Ozil.

There’s no doubt that Ozil will fit straight into Wenger’s football philosophy and it could be very fun to watch this squad develop over the coming months.

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