Lukas Podolski believes Arsenal have secured a ‘fantastic footballer’ in Mesut Ozil and thinks the midfielder will settle well in London thanks to the Emirates’ burgeoning German contingent.
The attacker, who was the first to post a picture of his compatriot posing with an Arsenal shirt, is currently at Germany’s pre-World Cup qualifier training camp where his hamstring injury has been examined by the same doctor who conducted his new teammate’s medical.
Despite being frustrated by his long lay-off, Poldi told the German Football Federation website of his excitement at Ozil’s arrival:
“It was reminiscent of Per’s move to Arsenal, that was all very quick and happened on the last day of the transfer window too.
“How do I rate it? It’s great for us; Arsenal has secured a fantastic footballer. I’m convinced he fits perfectly with our playing philosophy. We play many quick passes, so the football will suit him. I’m sure he’ll help us.
“I’ve known Mesut a long time, it’s not yesterday that we started earning caps [for Germany]. I love playing with him and I think he enjoys playing with me. We complement each other.
“As a man, I look forward to having Mesut around. Also it’s good that the German colony is growing at Arsenal. Overall, there’s now five of us at the Gunners and the coach speaks German too. I’m sure Mesut will feel good and we’ll have fun.”
Talking of dressing-room japes and camaraderie, Ozil will be expected to sing for his new teammates as part of his pre-debut initiation. Asked if he’d ever seen the 24-year-old perform, Poldolski revealed:
“No, but they make all new players at Arsenal do it. I’m worried I’ll miss the pleasure because of my injury. Maybe I’ll be lucky and Mesut will delay his debut song until I’m back in the group.”
You’ve got to love Poldi, he’s a mad f*cker…but every squad needs a joker. Talking of which, what the hell is this about?