Mertesacker reveals Ozil confident about Real Madrid exit
Mesut Ozil has been receiving raving compliments from his new Arsenal teammates since his move from Real Madrid. Ozil’s compatriot Per Mertesacker became the latest on the list. The German defender claims he is delighted to play alongside the attacking midfielder and hopes his addition will help Arsenal achieve better results.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger broke the club’s transfer record by paying Real Madrid £42.4 million on transfer deadline day to bring Ozil to the Emirates. Mertesacker told reporters that he knew Ozil really well, which is why unlike the rest of the world he wasn’t shocked to see him join Arsenal.
“I know him quite well,” Mertesacker said in an interview after Germany beat Austria 3-0 in the World Cup qualifiers this weekend. “We spent two years together at Werder Bremen so I think that Arsene Wenger will get the best out of him.
“I think he will fit in. He suits us and we’re really looking forward to playing with him and to be his team mate.”
Arsenal are in an excess of playmakers now, but Mertesacker believes Ozil will prove to be the missing link in the midfield. Mertesacker said that Ozil is a very useful addition since he provides depth to the squad.
“We lost a lot (of players) due to injury, especially in pre-season. We need players in every position - maybe two or three players, they can rotate and change position,” Mertesacker said. “We need to be dangerous up front and with him we are more dangerous.”
For many Ozil’s arrival came out of the blue. Mertesacker hailed Wenger for making the transfer happen and insisted that the Frenchman was always up to something clever.
“We were patient all the time on the transfer market. Mr. Wenger said always that he was on the market but nothing happened,” Mertesacker said. “I could feel that something happened at the end of the transfer window. So I really appreciate that transfer.”
Mertesacker further revealed that Ozil remained confident about his decision to leave Real Madrid. The 24-year-old Germany international was given a bitter farewell from Real Madrid for leaving the club.
“He went through rough times as well so his experience is vital and can make the difference,” Mertesacker added.