Mesut Ozil Makes Arsenal a Contender in Barclays Premier League

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 13, 2013

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 24:  Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid looks on during the Pre Season match between Olympique Lyonnais and Real Madrid at Gerland Stadium on July 24, 2013 in Lyon, France.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Arsenal made a big splash during the transfer window by bringing in Mesut Ozil, and now they have become instant contenders in the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners were able to bring him in earlier in September, and fans were ecstatic.  The team didn't have a true superstar before the move, but now that hey have one in the former Real Madrid sensation.

Santi Cazorla was arguably the Gunners' best player before this move, and while they do play in the same area of the pitch, there's a good chance that they will compliment each other well.

Both of these players are versatile, and they can be moved around.  While both Ozil and Cazorla are most comfortable in the middle of the field, either one can move to either of the wings.  Based off of how well he has played on the left flank before, it would seem likely that we see Cazorla move to that position, while Ozil stays in as the attacking midfielder.

Luckily for Arsenal, there is already some familiarity between Ozil and a couple of his teammates.  Both Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski played with him on the German national team, so there should already be some chemistry between these players.

Arsenal is really an ideal fit for Ozil at the moment.  His quickness and technical skills make him an ideal fit for the Gunners and Arsene Wenger, but what will make him a truly deadly player for this team is his ability to spread the field.

While Ozil doesn't score goals at an insane rate like Luis Suarez, he is an incredibly valuable player that seems to show up everywhere on the pitch.  Just take a look at this chart of the passes Ozil received in a Champions League match last season, provided by

The bottom line is that Ozil is a playmaker, and that's something the Gunners sorely needed, even with Cazorla.  In 63 total appearances over the 2012-2013 year with both Germany and Real Madrid, Ozil had 16 goals and 35 assists.  That's a high level of production that you just don't see from many players.

Adding Ozil makes Arsenal a contender, but there's still some tough competition in the Premier League.  Chelsea is looking very good and will be helped by the addition of Samuel Eto'o, while Manchester United and Manchester City are both looking strong to start the season.

It's a great fit for both Arsenal and Ozil, which likely makes Wenger a very happy man.  The Gunners are now a contender in the Premier League, but they are going to need to prove how much better they can be with their new weapon.