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Saturday 3 December 2016

Ozil aim is already set on taking title

Mesut Ozil (pictured) is convinced Arsenal can win the English Premier League and conquer Europe next season if they avoid another injury-hit campaign.

The Gunners were one of the form teams in the second half of last season, securing third place in the table and beating Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley to retain the FA Cup.

There was, though, a lingering sense of what might have been, following a disappointing exit to Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions League and not being able to reel in Chelsea having paid a heavy price for their slow start.

However, Ozil, who missed some three months of the campaign because of a knee injury suffered in October, is confident Arsene Wenger's squad can return stronger for the challenges ahead.

"We had bad luck with injuries this season, but next season we can win the Premier League and go further in the Champions League," Ozil said.

Ozil admits it was the "hardest" campaign of his career, having come off the back of Germany's World Cup triumph in Brazil.

However, the 26-year-old won over many critics with a string of impressive displays as the Gunners recorded 10 victories from the final 15 league matches.

"The first time in my life I had to deal with a serious injury. I feel it was a consequence of playing a lot games without a break over years," added Ozil, who joined Arsenal in a club-record £42.5millon deal in September 2013.

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"I was happy with the second half of the season. I wanted to show everybody that I am back.

"Winning the FA Cup means it was a successful year, so I am proud of that win."

Ozil was glad to be able to repay the faith of manager Wenger, and also now becoming a firm fans' favourite.

"My best moment (of the season) was the first game back after my injury against Stoke (in January). The fans cheered a lot when I was brought on. That was a brilliant feeling and helped me a lot."

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