Mesut Ozil's father, Mustafa, gave an interview to Sky Sports News HD after his son signed for Arsenal. This is an extract from the interview:
Why did Mesut decide to join Arsenal?
Arsenal is a very big club. The club tried hard to sign Mesut and he has a great perspective there. Mesut wants to help the club to bring in some silverware. We appreciate the interest of such a big coach like Arsène Wenger.
The fans will expect a lot of Mesut...
He can show his skills and help the club to win the Premier League or maybe an international title.
Is he happy to take a new challenge?
He is proud to play for Arsenal and we are looking forward to London. Arsenal is his new club.
What role did Arsène Wenger play in Mesut’s decision?
He was one of the deciding persons to convince us. It's also very helpful that he speaks German well. But that’s not all. He also told us about his plans with the team and especially with Mesut. He wants him to play a big role in midfield.
Arsène Wenger is well known for developing talent. Do you hope that Mesut can improve under him?
Of course I do. Mesut is still not at his top level. I’m sure there is still 15 to 20 per cent to get out of him and Mr Wenger will help him to do that.
Mesut will now go to the Premier League - which is very physical. How is he prepared for that?
You are right but I would not see it as tougher than in Spain. La Liga teams do not play with less players and they also play twice every week. He is physically prepared for that.
Arsenal already have two German internationals in their squad. How much is he looking forward to playing with Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker?
He is very happy to play with both of them. But he also welcomes the rest of the squad. The transfer to Arsenal is the best thing he could do.Copyright 2015 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Sep 2013