Was signing Ozil on par with winning a cup for Arsenal?

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Mesut Ozil’s arrival at Arsenal seems to have turned the tide of negativity at the Emirates stadium.

The transfer of the German seems to have transformed a lot of negative perceptions that were lingering in North London over what the Gunners could be capable of over the coming season.

The ultimate aim for the club is to win something, whether that’s the League Cup or the Champions League but it’s very important that Arsenal break their duck which has existed since 2005.

Ozil’s transfer is significant because it proved that Arsene Wenger has moved forward and embraced the current transfer market.

The perception before that deal went through was that the Frenchman was unwilling to get involved with the various complications and third parties involved with such deals.

It’s shown that he’s not afraid to put large amounts of cash on the table to bring in world class players who he feels can offer Arsenal something different and move the side forward in positive ways.

It’s also a significant transfer because it’s proof of the financial power Arsenal have. Ivan Gazidis was very clear earlier in the summer that Arsenal had plenty of cash in the bank to go and make this sort of deal happen.

However, as significant as Ozil’s arrival at the club is, it would still be a more significant achievement for the club to go and win some silverware.

Winning a league or a tournament is the perfect evidence of common elements within a team such as team spirit, passion, desire and belief.

Collectively it means more and can have a bigger impact on a club than the positive signing of one player, regardless of the context that surrounds that transfer and that would very much be the case with Arsenal.

Silverware proves the value of every single player in a team rather than the euphoria surrounding one signing. But the addition of Ozil makes winning trophies more likely.

It’s difficult to carve up Ozil’s arrival against possible silverware because it’s a case of one being attached to the other.

Ozil’s arrival will only increase the determination, enthusiasm and drive Arsenal have in terms of trying to win something because he improves the quality of Arsenal’s play and has the ability of being able to make other players better.

Trophies are proof of the success a team have but considering the recent transfer pressure Wenger and the club have been under, the German’s presence is a massive sign that Arsenal can get back to having the best side in England and one of the best teams across Europe.

But let's say Arsenal had scraped cup success in either the League Cup or FA Cup last season, apart from feeling more confident would it really have left them better off for the future? Ozil changes everything and can attract further big players to the club, and that's why his signing is so important.

Arsenal fans, what do you think? Is the signing of Ozil more significant than winning the FA Cup last season would have been?

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