Joachim Löw has bucked the trend of national coaches being complete dicks, especially when it comes to Arsenal players.
Germany are due to play a friendly against Argentina on Wednesday, but in a thoughtful, considerate gesture, Low has left both Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski out of his squad.
Explaining his reasons, he said, “The Premier League starts just three days after this game in Frankfurt so it is more important right now for Per, who was injured for a long time, and Lukas, who is fighting for his place as a newcomer, to be able to prepare for their upcoming tasks with their club.”
It makes a change from some who insist on injured players joining up and traveling with their national sides, even when they know well the player is no condition to play. Hats off to Herr Low.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has backed his fellow Spaniard, Santi Cazorla, to make a big impact in the Premier League. Speaking to Arsenal Player, Arteta said, “Technically he is very gifted, he can play wide in both positions and through the middle as well.”
“He is tricky and has two good feet – in fact I could not say whether he is right or left-footed. He will bring us good experience and something different. He will be a good addition to the team.
“The way that we play at Arsenal really suits his qualities and hopefully he will be very successful.”
Arsenal play their final game of pre-season against FC Koln on Sunday with all three of our new signings expected to feature at some stage.