Ozil: I’ll swerve X-Factor. And Per’s giving me driving lessons!

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil won’t be appearing on X-Factor any time soon, he has revealed.

The Arsenal star has admitted that he struggled when he was asked to sing for his Gunners’ team-mates in an Emirates initiation ceremony after his move from Real Madrid.

Playmaker Ozil, who joined the north London outfit in a £42.5million club record deal in the summer, managed to belt out a song but he admits he is not one for singing in the dressing room.

He said: “I don’t want to do it again. My voice is not up to it. I am not an X-Factor candidate by any stretch of the imagination.

“It was a Turkish song, something personal I sang for my team-mates and I want it to stay that way. Of course people didn’t understand what I was singing but they celebrated me nonetheless which I think was great.”

Ozil, speaking ahead of his 50th international match in Germany’s World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland tonight, also revealed that team-mate Per Mertesacker has been teaching how to drive in the capital.

He added: “London is a city I feel great in. I have grown to love the place and I have already seen a lot in a short space of time.

“I have been driving on the left-hand side of course. I thought it was much more difficult than it really is but Per Mertesacker gave me driving lessons.

“The good thing at Arsenal is the team and coaching staff are fully behind me. They let me assume and share responsibility and that’s what I feel great about.

“Arsene Wenger is a super coach. He has clear ideas about where he wants to take his team and if you want to be successful you have to have that kind of coach.

“As far as the football goes, I think the Premier League is the strongest league in the world because it is so balanced, so even and the competition is so fierce, lots of clubs playing at the same level.

“And it’s also a good thing for me to get to know British culture, the language and develop further as a person. And the thing is, most of us here at the national team play at the same level in terms of performance in different countries and that’s not a bad thing at all for the country.”