Mertesacker is giving Arsenal recruit Ozil driving lessons

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Mesut can rely on his compatriot to aid the transition to driving on the left…

The manner in which he has seamlessly adapted to Premier League life, creating a chance - on average - once every 21 minutes of English football, may be just one of the reasons why he has driven former employer Real Madrid barmy, but defence-splitting pass-master Mesut Ozil has revealed that he had to undertake lessons on the road upon signing for Arsenal.

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'I thought [driving on the left] would be much more difficult than it really is but Per Mertesacker gave me some 'driving lessons' and they helped me,' said the £42.4m player, as quoted by The Independent. 'So I can drive there [in England]. London is an interesting city to live in. I have grown to love the place in a short space of time.

'The guys in the Arsenal team and the coaching staff are fully behind me. They have given me great responsibility and that's what I feel great about.'

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While other teams such as Manchester United and Manchester City have stalled their engines during the early season, Arsenal have gotten off to a strong start and are now consensus title challengers.

With Ozil's statistics so far… a 88% pass success rate, an under-rated defensive discipline when his opponents have possession and, of course, three assists in league football, the media may be in danger of creating hyperbole but Wenger refuses to play down the praising, suggesting the best is yet to come.

If that were the case, Arsenal may well be in a race to the finish when Ozil hits top gear.

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