Podolski Promises to ‘Rock’ With Ozil
Lukas Podolski has revealed that he has a great understanding with new Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil, and their combination will be extremely productive for the club.
While the two Germans have never played club football together, they’ve been international teammates for a long time, and Podolski believes that will help them ‘rock Arsenal.’
German tabloid Bild have quoted him as saying: “I am thrilled that Mesut has joined us. I have known him a long time. We get along well, not only on the pitch but off it. He is a good friend and a brilliant footballer. Mesut will help us in any situation. Our system and game at Arsenal will fit very well to him. He will have fun and joy with us.
“Definitely Mesut and I will rock Arsenal. It is our great goal to have success in London. We already play awesome football. The only think that has been missing was the last punch, that surprise moment. That’s exactly what Mesut can give us, with a super pass or a solo move.”
Ozil’s former teammates at Real Madrid have openly expressed their displeasure at the sale of the gifted playmaker, and Podolski says he understands their frustration.
“When you lose such an amazing player, you definitely mourn as a colleague. Mesut gave many excellent goal assists in Madrid. Other players have profited immensely from him,” he added.
Ozil Targets Trophies for Arsenal
Mesut Ozil has vowed to end Arsenal’s trying period and transform them back into the trophy-winning force they once were.
Admitting that finding on-field success for the Gunners is his target in the next few years, he said: “In the last few years, Arsenal haven’t been so successful but we want to become more successful. We want to win trophies. I think the fans are looking forward to that too. We have a very strong and a very young team that can improve a lot under the manager. I think we will win trophies because we have the potential [to do so]. I’m so happy to be playing at Arsenal. I’m honoured by it. I hope we can have a successful season. It feels really good.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge, life there [in London] and [meeting] my team-mates, the manager and the fans, as well as the Premier League. I’m really excited. It’s a perfect decision for me and and I’m looking forward to it all. I’m happy to be playing in the Premier League because everyone knows it’s the strongest league in the world. There are simply a lot of top teams. I want to prove myself there. It’s a new challenge for me, a new task. I want to improve further under the boss and in the team. I’m really excited about it.”
Flamini Feels He’s ‘Back Home’ at Arsenal
Free transfer signing Mathieu Flamini says that his return to Arsenal FC feels like coming ‘back home’ and is hoping that everyone can see what this move means to him.
The 29-year-old Frenchman played four seasons for Arsenal earlier in his career before leaving them for AC Milan in 2008. After five years with the Rossoneri, he became a free agent this summer and then signed a three-year deal with the Gunners. He came on as a second-half substitute in Arsenal’s recent 1-0 defeat of Tottenham at the Emirates, and Flamini says making his second debut for the club in the North London Derby was very special.
Arsenal.com have quoted him as saying: “I really have the sensation of being back home. Playing against Tottenham in a big derby, it was a great emotion, a great feeling. Playing against Tottenham is never easy but it is special for the club, for the fans and for the players. Of course, for me it was my first game and I wanted to show everyone how committed I am to this club, how I am ready to give everything on the pitch. I hope everyone saw it; I really did my best when I came on.
“I have heard it a lot [that it is like I have never been away]. I feel like I never left. There are players I played with before, and even staff, there are a lot of people still here that I knew before and the [relationship] with the fans was just amazing. I just want to thank everyone for the nice atmosphere on Sunday. It was great.”
He then expressed his satisfaction with the current state of the club’s first-team squad and added: “The quality is very high in this team and at this club. That is the most important thing, to have players of quality because that makes a difference. The team spirit is also very good, and we saw on Sunday that everyone was helping each other on the pitch. That makes a difference in the big games.”
Julio Cesar Happy to Stay at QPR
Rumoured Arsenal FC transfer target Julio Cesar – whose agent unsuccessfully tried to find his client a new club all summer – has now claimed that doesn’t want to leave his current club QPR and is happy to play in the Championship. (Daily Star)
The Brazil international’s sky-high wages foiled his chances of signing for the Gunners, who in the end, acquired Palermo’s Emiliano Viviano on loan after failing to convince Cesar to lower his demands.
Knowing fully well that he himself is responsible for not escaping the unglamourous environment of lower league, he told a local paper: “I didn’t think in any moment about leaving QPR. Of course, if anything came up, as it happened, it was something to sit down and talk about with the club’s chairman.
“But, in my head, things have gone back to normal. I don’t think I’ll have to do anything different due to the fact I am in the Championship. It’s a strong competition in England with competitive teams. We play 46 games, eight more games than in the Premier League.”
Ozil Signing Excites Sagna Too
Bacary Sagna has become the latest Arsenal player to comment and express his delight at the club’s capture of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
Currently on international duty with France, the Arsenal right-back spoke briefly to the press and said: “Obviously, seeing Ozil signing for Arsenal, as a player it makes you feel great. He has a lot of qualities. He showed it with Real and hopefully he will do the same with us.”