LONDON (AP) — With the disruption of the international break over, Premier League clubs will be looking for their late additions to make an instant impact this weekend.
Arsenal has pinned its hopes on record-signing Mesut Ozil, the only transfer fee paid out by the club in the recent market window.
The Germany playmaker is in line to make his debut at Sunderland on Saturday after joining from Real Madrid for 50 million euros ($67 million) on Sept. 2.
"Of course it is very physical here, but it is a man's sport and I am really glad to play in the best league in the world," Ozil said Thursday. "I want to prove myself in England."
After a losing start, Arsenal responded with back-to-back wins, and Ozil's arrival has further improved the mood at the Emirates Stadium.
"He has a style of play which can integrate with our style because we have a game which is based on movement, technical ability and creativity," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "He has all the attributes to be one of the leaders of our team."
Ozil's arrival was the sign of Arsenal exerting its financial muscle after years of limited spending.
"We had to go through some years when I signed a long-term contract where we had some restricted financial potential, and the target was to stay in the Champions League in this period," said Wenger, whose contract expires at the end of the season. "We managed to do it, and we are now in a strong position financially."
Manchester United had talked of making several additions to the squad to its Premier League title-winning squad. However, new manager David Moyes' only major recruitment was Marouane Fellaini from Everton on deadline-day for 27.5 million pounds ($43 million).
The Belgium midfielder joined after Moyes failed to land his first-choice targets.
"It is a big step for me," Fellaini said. "But I have played five years in England, I know the league and I know the players so I don't think I will have a problem with this move."
He arrives at a team that has endured a patchy start to the season.
It started on a high with an eye-catching win at Swansea, but a drab draw against Chelsea and a loss at Liverpool followed to leave United going into Saturday's match against Crystal Palace five points off the lead.
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