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Eccentric Lehmann chimes in on Arsenal’s signing

The former Arsenal keeper thinks the signing has helped the club already

By | 19th September 2013
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Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann believes the arrival of Mesut Ozil at the Emirates has sparked the Gunners’ good run of form. Arsenal are currently on a winning streak as they have defeated their last six opponents since losing their opening match of the season 3-1 to last year’s fifteenth place finishers, Aston Villa, and Lehmann believes a big part of the success has been the addition of the German star even though he’s only made two appearances so far.

Ozil was incredible during his time with Real Madrid, becoming one of the world’s best playmakers in the three seasons he spent with Real. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger managed to secure a £42.5 million deal for Ozil in the final hours of the transfer window after the Spanish giants had agreed an £85 million deal for Welsh sensation and former Spurs player Gareth Bale. Lehmann praised Wenger for holding out for such a talented player.

“He [Wenger] has shown a lot of strength by resisting all the challenges,” Lehman said, according to Metro.

“I think he would have been offered plenty of players every day and there would have been a lot of temptation to go for one player, but because he wasn’t 100% sure about spending money on a player he didn’t really see fit to play for Arsenal, he finally went for Ozil.

“Ozil is probably the best technical player in the German national team and he now needs to cope with the challenges of tough English football, but the whole club is thrived by the fact they finally bought a player for such a big amount of money.”

Arsenal’s supporters were beginning to become unruly with Wenger’s transfer dealings in the summer prior to the purchase of Ozil, as the club had only signed 20 year old striker Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer early in the summer. The Gunners also added Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer and secured a season-long loan for Palermo keeper Emiliano Viviano before the close of the summer transfer window.

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