December 11 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Friday, September 20, 2013
Arsene Wenger does not believe that Mesut Ozil chose Arsenal in order to get away from the goldfish bowl of Real Madrid – as suggested by the Spanish club’s president Florentino Perez.
Fans and players of La Liga outfit are still reeling from the sale of the German playmaker who moved to north London on transfer deadline day for a club record £43million.
The midfielder has suggested that any faith shown in him by former head coach Carlo Ancelotti while he was still at the Bernabeu disappeared once they had splashed a world-record fee for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
Perez, however, this week claimed that Ozil asked to leave because “he couldn’t handle the pressure at Madrid”.
Wenger, who is set to hand his new recruit a home debut against Stoke on Sunday, insists that there is no truth in the statement.
“No, I have not seen that at all,” said the Arsenal boss when asked if Ozil sought an easier life away from Madrid.
“He is 24, he has over 50 caps for Germany and when you play for Germany, you are under a lot of pressure. He won the championship with Real Madrid, and that is a club where there is a lot of pressure, but I could not detect that.
“Ozil has integrated well, and been well accepted.
“I think he is not at the top physically yet, overall we are very pleased to have him with us, but he will demand a bit of time to adjust to the vigorous body challenges he will face here in the Premier league.
“Once he has done that, he will be even stronger.”