Wenger reveals secrets behind Arsenal’s German raid

Arsene Wenger has lifted the lid on why he likes recruiting German stars to play for Arsenal.
The Gunners boss broke the bank when he splashed out £42.5million on German star Mesut Ozil in the summer – with notable compatriots Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolksi already at the Emirates and talented youngsters Gedion Zelalem and Serge Gnabry also in the squad.
Ozil celebrated his 25th birthday with a goal in Germany’s entertaining 5-3 win over Sweden last night but hobbled off with less than 10 minutes to play with a knee injury.
He was the latest in a line of German players to arrive at the Emirates and asked why this was, Wenger said: “That’s linked to just one thing – the quality of the players.
“At the moment Germany produces top-quality players. Look at their national team, it’s a bit like Spain was two or three years ago. Suddenly they have Gotze, Draxler, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Ozil, Podolski.
“They have two or three players in every position. That’s why you go more for German players, because of the quality. Having said that, it’s also a nationality that tends to adapt well.
“They are a bit like the northern countries in the way they settle There is less risk there, especially once a player has already moved from his country – like Ozil did to Spain – the risk is minimal because they know what to expect.”
Meanwhile, Wenger has revealed how keeping his feet firmly on the ground has helped former Real Madrid ace Ozil settle in north London.
He added: “How does he deal with the pressure?  There are two aspects. First it’s what is happening externally, which you have to try to master and I agree that’s not always easy.
“Then secondly you have how the player behaves. Does he want to be a real team player, with the same solidarity and humility as the rest? I think that’s the most important part and on that front I’m not anxious at all.”
Wenger believes buying a big-money star doesn’t mean the rest of the side should be disrupted.
He said: “If it’s just that he receives a lot of attention, then no it shouldn’t be disrupted. But if he demands that attention himself, then yes it can. But Mesut is a player who joined us because he likes the way we play, and he wants to be a part of that, so I’m not worried in that respect.”

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