Arsenal legend Robert Pires says Mesut Ozil has turned them into title contenders.

Pires, 39, reckons Ozil, 24, can help the north London outfit stay the ­distance in the race for the top-flight crown.

The Frenchman said: "It's now possible for Arsenal to win as the young players have grown up and have more experience.

"They also have a good mix for Wenger. If you put Ozil in the middle, I think it's a very good mix for Arsenal.

"Ozil's a very good player, he plays for the German national team, he played for Real Madrid, now he's playing for Arsenal.

"He has the experience. I think the football will be simpler there now.

"Seriously, I think ­Arsenal have got the potential to win the Premier League.

"But the Champions League, I don't know."

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