Lukas Podolski gives warm welcome to Arsenalís latest recruit Mesut Ozil
Even before Mesut Ozil had arrived at London the festivities were in full swing, after all it isn’t every day that Arsenal spends €50 million or spent at all. However, the best thing about this deal isn’t that Arsene Wenger has finally managed to sign a player, but that the Frenchman boss has actually lured in a great talent.
The Emirates boss can now boast about three German stars in his squad; the other two being Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski. Both players have welcomed Ozil to Arsenal with Podolski insisting Ozil will be a “perfect fit” at the club. Well, he better be because after a disappointing summer Wenger decided to break Arsenal’s transfer fee record for the attacking midfielder.
Real Madrid confirmed the sale of Ozil during the final hours of the transfer window, news that took many by surprise. In an interview to DFB’s official website Podolski said that Ozil’s arrival reminded him about Mertesacker’s move to Arsenal in 2011. The German defender also made a last-minute move to the Gunners, but from Werder Bremen.
Widespread criticism directed towards Real Madrid can be seen in the advent of Ozil’s departure. According to reports, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is “angry” at the club for selling Ozil. The rest of Ozil’s former teammates have similar reactions, but there have been nothing but warm welcomes from Arsenal.
“I’ve known Mesut for a long time now,” Podolski said. “I love to play with him and I think he loves to play with me. We complement each other quite well.”
“This is a super transfer for us. Arsenal are getting a fantastic footballer. I believe that he is a perfect fit for our understanding of football. We make a lot of quick passes -- play football just the way he needs it to be played. I am positive that he will help us.”
Counting in the youngsters at Arsenal there are five German players in Wenger’s squad; Gedion Zelalem, Mertesacker, Ozil, Podolski and Serge Gnabry. Podolski believes Ozil will enjoy playing under Wenger, who can communicate well in German.
“We have five Germans now, and the manager speaks German,” Podolski said. “I am positive that Mesut will enjoy it and we’ll have a lot of fun.”
Despite his eagerness to play beside Ozil, a hamstring injury will keep Podolski off the field till December. Podolski is optimistic about an early recovery, but the medical staff will be the ones who actually clear the winger for action.
“I’ve felt better, that’s for sure,” Podolski said. “Depending on how the healing process goes, I will be out for about three months. I love football so, of course, I am impatient. It is difficult for me when I am not able to play for a longer period of time, but I can’t do anything about it.
“I have to take the things as they are and try and make the best of the situation. The timing is really frustrating, but it could have been worse and I could have injured myself directly before the World Cup.”