Mesut Ozil, Arsenals new £42.5million midfielder, was unveiled for the first time at the clubs training ground yesterday ahead of his eagerly anticipated debut against Sunderland on Saturday.
The German international, was considered somewhat of a coup for Arsenal following the earlier debacle Arsene Wenger faced in the transfer window after missing out on a range of targets.
But the 24-year-old, regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world at this moment, thinks Arsenal can mount a serious Premier League challenge this season.
He said on the official Arsenal website: “Of course we can challenge for the Premier League.
"I know the team and what talent we have here. Everyone wants to be successful; this is one of the biggest clubs in the world. It will be difficult because it's the strongest league in the world."
The former Real Madrid man was wanted by a number of European clubs including league rivals Manchester United and French giants Paris Saint Germain but he insists it was the personality of Wenger who ultimately swayed his decision.
"The manager's influence was the most important for me," he said.
"What he thinks about me and what his plans are with me. I came here because I have the trust and a familiar environment here.
"We want to play offensive football and to keep clean sheets. We want to play attacking football and attractive football. We can't promise to win trophies but we promise to give our all to win trophies."
Ozil achieved one La Liga and a Copa del Rey cup with Madrid but believes the history of the club and players that have played under Wenger can improve his game establishing him to become one of the most feared playmakers in the world.
"I know how successful people have been here, players like Henry, Fabrgeas. Many young players came here and got to become one of the best players in the world. I'm at Arsenal, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I'm in the strongest league in the world and I have to continue developing."