Ozil feeling the faith from Wenger
New Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has no doubts he can take his game to a whole new level at the Emirates Stadium to repay the faith of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
The 24-year-old Germany international completed a club-record transfer from Real Madrid late on Monday evening for a fee believed to be £43million.
Ozil revealed once it was clear he no longer figured in the first-team plans of Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti following the world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham, that he had no hesitation in moving on to a fresh challenge at Arsenal, where he is set to become an integral part of Wenger's team alongside Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla.
However, the German's arrival could pose problems for Wenger because of the effect of his salary on the club's wage structure.
Speaking to the German Football Association's official website, www.dfb.de, Ozil said: "At the weekend, I was certain that I would stay at Real Madrid, but afterwards I realised that I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses. I am a player who needs this faith and that is what I have felt from Arsenal, which is why I have joined.
"I am really looking forward to it because I have the faith of the coach. I had spoken to him at length on the telephone, he explained his plans and that he has faith in me - that is what I need as a player.
"I am looking forward to the new challenge there (Arsenal). I have already heard that they have super fans, the city is great and the team is fantastic.
"Wenger gives me the faith and I can develop further. I know what I can do and I know that I could make the grade with any club in the world because I am so convinced in myself, but if I don't feel people have faith in me, then that is why I had to leave and at Arsenal, I feel I have this fully.
"I am sure the new coach is going to develop me further and I am also really looking forward to playing in the Premier League."
Ozil completed the terms of his transfer while away on international duty with Germany in Munich ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Austria, as Wenger finally delivered a marquee signing - and a player he had tracked ever since he impressed at Werder Bremen.
Before Sunday's 1-0 win over big-spending Tottenham, Wenger had seen moves for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye all fail to materialise, and only secured the free transfers of Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini, before a loan move for Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano was completed on deadline day.
Wenger's squad responded well since they lost the opening Barclays Premier League game at home to Aston Villa, first winning at Fulham and then securing a place in the group stages of the Champions League by beating Fenerbahce both at home and away before beating their fierce rivals.
However, the need for getting extra bodies in was highlighted by the inclusion of youngsters Serge Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem, both only 16, on the bench after Arsenal's first-team squad had been decimated by injuries to key men like Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arsenal, however, had been keen to bring in some more offensive cover and looked at a loan deal for Chelsea forward Demba Ba, but the Stamford Bridge club were not interested in reaching such an agreement with their rivals.
The arrival of the third-generation Turkish-German playmaker Ozil comes in a deal worth the best part of £200,000-per-week at nearly treble the previous record transfer fee paid for Andrey Arshavin to Zenit St Petersburg in January 2009.
Wenger had long championed the need for a wage structure which kept a sense of parity within the dressing room.
Although that was pushed by the arrival of Germany forward Podolski last summer and also by the new contract given to England winger Walcott, while chief executive Ivan Gazidis claimed at the end of last season enough funds were available to meet such super-star salaries on top of a massive transfer fee.
Indeed, Arsenal had already freed up millions in wages by offloading many fringe players earlier in the summer, including Arshavin.
However, Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner remains on the payroll - at a reported weekly bill of £52,000 - after a proposed switch to Crystal Palace failed to materialise because, due to the non-starter with Ba, there was no time for Arsenal to draft in a replacement.