Mesut Ozil has been speaking to the Arsenal programme ahead of the Chelsea game, and praised two of the new boys, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka.
Before you go thinking he left out Lucas because he doesn’t like him, he was specifically talking about the German speakers in the side, and he likes what he’s seen already.
Asked how the pair were settling in, Ozil replied, “They’ve been fully integrated from the first day.
“They are guys who just get on with everyone and bring positive energy to the team.
“I’ve known Shkodran from the German national team and we spoke a lot about this club before his transfer.
“I can say a lot about Xhaka too. He’s a really positive guy, very down to earth and we’ve already seen that he can score goals. He’s got a left hammer!
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“Musti can help us a lot too. He’s got plenty of defensive quality and it’s clear that both players have strengthened the squad.”
Ozil was then asked to elaborate on what he told Musti about Arsenal before the big-money move was completed. “He had a few questions for me, about the team, the manager and the city. We spoke about things and I was pleased that he eventually decided to move here.”
The interviewer couldn’t resist a joke about Mesut assisting both on and off the pitch, but Ozil didn’t agree. “You can’t really put it like that! I was pleased to help him because I’ve been here for a few years and he asked a few questions that I could answer because I’m here every day.
“I could tell him how things are here, how the manager thinks, what the team are like.
“I think it was good for him to decide that he could further develop here and that’s what he’s doing here.”
You can read the full interview in the Arsenal Programme app which is available on Google Play and in iTunes.