German international playmaker Mesut Ozil has revealed how former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric told him to move to London before sealing a deal with Arsenal.
The Gunners sent shockwaves through Europe last summer as they competed an astonishing £42.5 million deal for former Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil on September 2.
Days before the deal, however, Ozil spoke to former Spurs star Modric about life in London and he revealed in an interview with the Guardian how the Croatian sold him a move to the Emirates.
He said: “I enjoy London. Before I came, I spoke to Luka Modric [Real’s ex-Spur] and he said: 'London! What a great city, it’s unique, beautiful, a place you have to experience.’
"I thought to myself: ' Hold on, it can’t be so beautiful if people drive on the left!’ But it is beautiful. I look around and see the many cultures living here. I’ve met lots of people in London. In Madrid it was not really like that. I lived there for three years and didn’t get to know many people. Now I understand what Modric meant when he talked about life in London being unique. Whenever I come back here, I feel I’ve arrived back home. I feel comfortable here.”
Ozil’s first year in London was a rollercoaster ride for the 25-year-old as he suffered a number of highs and lows.
He started the season on fire, creating numerous assists for his teammates and helping Arsene Wenger’s side reach the summit of the Premier League, as demonstrated by Opta Stats.
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Following the turn of the year, however, the North Londoners suffered a loss in confidence as injuries took their toll and Ozil in particular was feeling the brunt of supporters’ frustrations for a number of disappointing performances.
Despite coming back from a spell on the side-lines and contributing to Arsenal’s FA Cup success, the pressure is on the creative midfielder to make more of an impact this season and stamp his authority as the best player in the capital.
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