Mesut Ozil can ‘take responsibility’ at Arsenal, says ex-Germany coach

Jurgen Klinsmann believes that Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal is the perfect opportunity for the playmaker to step up his game

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil has signed a five-year deal with Arsenal Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Jurgen Klinsmann believes that Mesut Ozil’s move to Arsenal is the perfect opportunity for the Germany international to step up his game.

Ozil could make his Arsenal debut at Sunderland on Saturday after sealing a £42.5m move to Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.

The 24-year-old was on target for his country along with his new club team-mate Per Mertesacker in Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory over the Faroe Islands.

And former Germany boss Klinsmann feels that Ozil could be set to thrive in a team where he has more responsibility.

“Arsenal are one of the best 11 or 12 teams in Europe and now he gets the chance to take responsibility,” Klinsmann told Die Welt.

“At Real, it was so that [Sergio] Ramos and [Cristiano] Ronaldo called the shots. Now Mesut can assume such a role in London. He is now catapulted into the role of a leader.

“Ozil has learned a lot in recent years of being a big fish in the Madrid shark tank. He now takes this experience with him and that’s great for Arsenal, Mesut and for Germany.”

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