Alisher Usmanov: 'Mesut Ozil capture signalled Arsenal ambition'

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring the opening goal against Napoli in the Champions League at the Emirates on October 1, 2013
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Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov says that Mesut Ozil's £42m arrival from Real Madrid was the start of a new era at the Emirates Stadium.

Alisher Usmanov has said that buying Mesut Ozil was a signal of Arsenal's ambition to once again reach the summit of English football.

It has been over eight years since the Gunners last won a trophy, but the Russian billionaire, who owns just under 30% of the club, believes that the German's £42.5m arrival from Real Madrid was the dawning of a new era.

"In the past I tell the club that if they want to pretend to be number one in every tournament then they must have best players in the world, and if we don't have them in our squad we need to buy these in the market," he told BBC Sport.

"[Arsene] Wenger confirmed this by buying, for example, Ozil. Anything that gives to Arsenal, good results, is for us very good news. This is our mission and hope.

"I think we begin a new era for Arsenal where we win trophies. It's most important for football, winning trophies. We will be number one."

Ozil has scored two and assisted four in his nine Premier League appearances.

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