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German legend slams 'inappropriate' Ozil talk - and says Arsenal may be even better for him

Mesut Ozil has not made a step down in joining Arsenal, claims legend Gunter Netzer.

Two-time German footballer of the year and star of West Germany's team in the 1970s Gunter Netzer has been having his say on Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal.

And he is very excited about it. Netzer was a playmaker in his heyday himself and now 68 he follow's Ozil's career closely,

He has been speaking to German newspaper Bild about the switch, and is adamant the move is not a step down from Real Madrid.

Indeed he even hit out at suggestions it was, insisting a move to Arsenal will see Ozil become an even better and more successful player.

"To speak of a descent, I find absolutely inappropriate. Of course, Real Madrid is one of the biggest clubs in the world. But for Real there seemed reason to separate from Ozil.

"Arsenal is a beautiful new task, it might even be even better for him. Ozil will prove Real Madrid has made a mistake."

Netzer went onto comment that he has no worries about the German international having trouble adapting to the Premier League, with the influx of foreign stars over the years making the division more cultured and less of a jump.

"The hardness of earlier years no longer exists in England. It's all one track faster and it is not behind anything. But you get used to it."

He adds that Ozil is the perfect signal Arsenal want to become a European super-power: "For years the club sold away the best players. Now Ozil is a signal that Arsenal want to get back up."

Netzer believes Arsene Wenger is the perfect coach to get the best out of him, going onto state that Ozil's biggest weakness is his desire for everything to be too-perfect.

"Ozil is like Mario Gotze or Marco Reus, players who become intoxicated with their technical perfection and especially to test their limits again and again. The ultimate goal is to complete an attack quickly and successfully. He gets at Arsenal, Wenger a coach who will keep working with him."

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