The coach for the US national team, Juergen Klinsmann believes that Mesut Ozil can become a top leader at his new club Arsenal.
Arsenal and Arsene Wenger in particular pulled a spectacular move on the last day of the transfer window to break the club record and sign Ozil for £42m, there were rumours that Arsenal were odds-on betting favourites to sign the Real Madrid trio (Benzema, Di Maria, Ozil) but in the end it was just Ozil and i don’t think the fans are too unhappy with the result.
Now one of his fellow countrymen, USA boss Klinsmann, suggests he will really step it up in North London.
“Arsenal is one of the best 11, 12 teams in Europe and now he gets the chance to take responsibility,” the former Tottenham star told Die Welt.
“At Real, it was so that [Sergio] Ramos and [Cristiano] Ronaldo called the shots. Now Mesut can assume such a role in London. He is now catapulted into the role of a leader.
“Ozil has learned a lot in recent years of being a big fish in the Madrid shark tank. He now takes this experience with him and that’s great for Arsenal, Mesut and for Germany.”
The move has also gained a lot of interest from current Arsenal plans, notably Santi Cazorla, who is revelling at the prospect of playing alongside the prodigous German. Ozil is likely to make his first appearance for the Gunners against Sunderland on 14 September following the international break and Cazorla believes that his inclusion will vastly improve the Gunners when playing against quality opposition.
The Gunners failed to win any game against the top three last season, collecting only two points from a possible 18 and ended the season on 73 points, 16 points behind Champions Manchester United.
“I am very happy that Ozil is here. He is a spectacular player and we are very lucky we are going to learn alongside him. I don’t understand that [why Real Madrid sold him], he is a unique player. You will have to ask the club for reasons why they sold them, but at the same time he didn’t think he was getting the opportunities he deserved and luckily he has come to us,” Cazorla said.