Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come to the defense of Arsenal’s new record signing Mesut Ozil saying the high rated German hasn’t shown any season of leaving Real Madrid just so to have a easier life at Arsenal. The midfielder signed for Arsenal in the just concluded window for a fee believed to be as much as 42.5 million pounds.
His transfer to Arsenal has been met with surprise from his former team mates but quotes attributed to both Real Madrid’s manager Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid’s president Florention Perez claiming the player actually left Real Madrid because he was scared of fighting for a regular first team shirt with Real Madrid’s new signing Isco.
Perez particularly said “he couldn’t handle the pressure at Madrid”.
Wenger though has come to the defense of the German saying the player is a complete professional.
“No, I have not seen that at all,” said Wenger when asked if Ozil looked like a player seeking the easy 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.”
On a personal note, I agree with Wenger. If Mesut Ozil didn’t run from Real Madrid when they signed Kaka who was the best player in the world when he signed for Real Madrid, I do not think he will be in any way be fearful of Isco.