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Mesut Ozil celebrates with his Arsenal teammates after scoring against Napoli in their Champions League game at the Emirates, October 1Reuters

Sami Khedira believes Mesut Ozil can fire Arsenal to the English Premier League title, such is the quality that the German playmaker possesses.

Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid this summer for a club record £42.5 million and has already set the Premier League alight.

The German's return has coincided with Arsenal going on a good early run, which sees them perched at the top of the table, both in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Khedira has little doubts about the quality of his compatriot, having played with him at Real Madrid and with the German national team, and believes Ozil will end Arsenal's long wait for a trophy.

Arsenal have not won any major silverware since 2005, while the Premier League title has evaded them since that incredible "Invincibles" season in 2004.

"Arsenal had a strong team anyway, but Mesut makes them the best team in England," Khedira said.

"I am sure he can be the player that makes things happen for them and win them the championship. Mesut is a genius on the field, there is no other way to describe him."

Several high-profile Real Madrid players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, expressed their disappointment at the club selling Ozil in the summer, but Khedira said he understood the reasons behind the player's decision to move to pastures anew.

"Of course there was some disappointment among the players at Madrid because he is the best in his position in the world," Khedira added.

"But I understand his decision as a player and also as my friend. He is already playing amazing football for Arsenal and he hasn't even got used to the Premier League yet."

Amazing indeed has been Ozil, and if the first few games are anything to go by, then Arsenal do definitely look like they could compete for the title, especially with a lot of their players still to return from injury.

Just imagining a midfield threesome of Aaron Ramsey, Ozil and Santi Cazorla is enough to send the drool patrol into overdrive; but as Arsene Wenger has stressed on more than one occasion, Arsenal can be called true title contenders, only if they are up at the top and competing for the title in March-April. 

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