Football: Oezil stars but work needed in defence

Football: Oezil stars but work needed in defence

Finally, Arsene Wenger was willing to dig into Arsenal's pockets and pay good money for a top player in Mesut Oezil.

And from the looks of his debut, in which he helped the Gunners to a 3-1 win over Sunderland, the German seems worth the £42.4 million (S$84.8 million) the London club paid Real Madrid.

He is not yet fully fit or adapted to the team but, already, he has made an impact with his exquisite passing and vision. I started watching him play as a young boy in Germany, and back then, it was already clear that he was talented and hard-working.

You certainly don't get to play in the German national squad or be selected for Real Madrid for nothing - last season, in the Spanish league, he had the highest assist total with 26.

It took him just 11 minutes to show the English Premier League a glimpse of his class when he took down Kieran Gibbs' cross with one touch before laying the ball for Olivier Giroud for the opening goal.

Oezil will still need time to settle but will not take long. Arsenal's midfield plays like a Spanish side with their quick-running and short-passing game.

With time, it will be clear that the midfield dynamo will emerge as one of the best signings of the season.

When the Gunners' other German star, Lukas Podolski, returns from injury, Arsenal's midfield will be a terrifying sight.

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