Fabregas Sure Ozil Will ‘Be Great For Arsenal’
Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas believe Mesut Ozil was Real Madrid’s ‘second-best player’, and he will prove to be a big hit at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners signed the Germany international on Monday night in a club-record £42.5million move that not only amazed the Gooners but also their former players.
Fabregas, who used to perform the playmaking duties for Arsenal before his return to Barcelona two years ago, recently shared his views regarding his former club’s blockbuster signing.
He said: “I was really surprised by Ozil’s departure. He seemed to me to be the second-best player at Madrid, after Cristiano [Ronaldo]. He’ll be great for Arsenal.”
Loew Baffled by Real’s Offloading of Ozil
Germany coach Joachim Loew finds Real Madrid’s decision of offloading Mesut Ozil baffling, but he believes that the move will further enhance the already-World Class quality of the new Arsenal man.
“For me, it is a bit incomprehensible that Real Madrid would get rid of one of their best players, who is of a high quality and looked more decisive than ever last season. Many Real players, like Sami Khedira or Cristiano Ronaldo, are sad about the transfer,” he said.
Pointing at the Gunners’ attacking style of play, their coaching setup and the presence of other Germans at the Emirates Stadium, Loew then suggested that Ozil will flourish in his new surroundings.
He added: “Ozil’s Arsenal move will be a good transfer for the national team because he will play for a team which has an overall great technique – that is good for him. He has a top coach there and, with Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, he has two German colleagues.
“Mesut is a sensitive player who still needs to feel as though he has complete confidence from his club and coach. From what I heard from Madrid ahead of the transfer, you could feel that the trust was no longer there 100 per cent. Arsenal tried hard to sign him. That did him good.”
Muller ‘Wouldn’t Have Sold’ Ozil
Like many of Mesut Ozil’s former Real Madrid teammates, his fellow Germany international Thomas Muller is also taken aback by his transfer deadline day move to Arsenal.
Disagreeing with Los Merengues’ decision to let Ozil go, the Bayern Munich winger told Bild: “I knew that Mesut was feeling very comfortable at Madrid. But, in football, things can happen quickly.
“Real threw everything overboard [this summer] – new coach [Carlo Ancelotti], new stars [Isco, Gareth Bale]. I wouldn’t have sold Mesut. However, I had the feeling that he is looking forward to a new chapter in his career at Arsenal.”
Khedira Claims to Know Of Ozil Deal in Advance
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has claimed that Mesut Ozil’s deadline day transfer to Arsenal had actually been arranged several days ago.
While the masses found out about the possibility of the deal on Monday morning, Khedira – who is also Ozil’s international teammate – says he knew of it ‘two or three’ days in advance.
“I was informed two or three days ago, that’s why it came as no surprise for me. Personally, I regret that he leaves. It’s a loss because I think that Mesut can make the difference,” he said.
Tony Adams Blames Foreigners For Three Lions’ Plight
Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams is unhappy with the abundance of non-English players in English football and believes that foreign imports are responsible for the England national football team’s current predicament.
Adams, who is a regular in mainstream press these days for his stinging criticism, recently told Zapsportz.com: “I used to think that top-class foreign talent would have a positive effect on our young English players, that they would improve rubbing shoulders with them. However, the reverse has become true, it has had an adverse effect. Buying up all this foreign talent is like buying the England team a ticket to oblivion.
“Unfortunately the young English talent has not come through and I’m worrying that they have become swamped by the sheer volume of foreign imports. We need the young talent to emerge and gain vast experience in the Champions League, but we now only have a smattering of English players in the Premier League, it’s 36 per cent, but I think it will soon be down to 25 per cent.”