Jens Lehmann has applauded the signing of countryman Mesut Ozil but also suggested that Mathieu Flamini could have a big role to play if Arsenal are to achieve success this season.
The former keeper was in light-hearted form talking to reporters about the £42.5 purchase from Real Madrid, and hinted that the level of expectation is high.
“At the end Arsenal has to win something with him, so there’s no pressure!
“I think he could boost the other players, boost the supporters and even the club. Making a big signing, finally, after years of not signing a big player for big money, could be a boost for the whole club.”
Asked if he was surprised by Arsenal spending that much money on one single player, he said, “I think it was a conclusion of some of the some of the signings of the previous years when the supporters asked for spending.
“It’s quite unlikely that they will make money on Ozil. Arsene Wenger well known for making money on players – buying cheap, selling expensive.
“On Ozil this could be a real challenge, to sell him for more than he has bought him!”
Lehmann, who was Arsenal’s invincible keeper, was quick to talk about how Ozil would fit in, but also pointed to the impact a former teammate might have.
“He’s a fantastic player, one who really fits into the Arsenal style,” he said of the former Real Madrid man, “but Flamini is an important signing, and he’s a package that could make a real impact, that’s my hope.”
Ozil arrived in London today and it’s up to the manager what part he’ll play in Saturday’s game at Sunderland. With Tomas Rosicky out injured, the odds on him starting are certainly shorter.