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Arsenal star: It was a big surprise that we signed Ozil

Per Mertesacker is glad that his countryman is at the Emirates Stadium, but has admitted that he was unsure whether the playmaker would join.

More than a few eyebrows were raised in the summer when Arsenal completed the club record transfer of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

The Germany international has been a key part in the north London side’s progress to the top of the Premier League table, and is undoubtedly one of the stars of English football.

The contingent of German players at the Emirates Stadium is growing, but even Per Mertesacker did not think that Ozil would be captured by Arsene Wenger’s men.

“We played together at Bremen a few years ago and had a good time there,” the commanding defender said.

“We were always playing for the championship but never quite won it. We were second, and we always qualified for the Champions League.

“So of course I was very happy to see him again when he joined us, although I never really expected that we could get him to Arsenal.

“I thought he was parked at Madrid. I was always happy to see him whenever we joined up for the national team, but it was a big surprise for me that we signed him.”

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