Klinsmann backs Ozil to become a 'leader' at Arsenal

The ex-Germany coach believes that the 24-year-old will thrive with the extra responsibility on him after departing Real Madrid to join the Gunners on transfer deadline day
Jurgen Klinsmann has backed Mesut Ozil to become a "leader" at Arsenal after signing from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.

The midfielder played under the USA coach during the 49-year-old's spell in charge of Germany and impressed at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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However, Klinsmann believes that Ozil can improve even more with the added responsibility placed on him following his club-record move to north London.

He told Die Welt: "Arsenal is one of the best 11, 12 teams in Europe and now he gets the chance to take responsibility.

"At Real, it was so that [Sergio] Ramos and [Cristiano] Ronaldo called the shots. Now Mesut can assume such a role in London. He is now catapulted into the role of a leader.

"Ozil has learned a lot in recent years of being a big fish in the Madrid shark tank. He now takes this experience with him and that's great for Arsenal, Mesut and for Germany."

Ozil could make his Arsenal debut on Saturday when the Gunners visit Sunderland in the Premier League.