Arsenal FC and its notable German international players
Mesut Ozil joined EPL club Arsenal FC from Real Madrid. He is the latest German international to sign for Arsenal. The club already has two German internationals in their team- Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker. Mesut Ozil will become the third German player in the current squad.
In this article, we will talk about some well known German internationals who have played/are playing for Arsenal FC. German players are well known for their team work and technique. Arsenal’s latest German signing Ozil, like other illustrious Germans, also boasts excellent technique and is a team player. Let us take a look at some of the notable German players who are/were Gunners.
#1 Jens Lehmann
Jens Lehmann was a former Arsenal goalkeeper. He was signed by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger from Borussia Dortmund. Before joining Arsenal, he played for clubs like- Dortmund, Schalke, AC Milan etc.
Lehmann also represented his national team on 61 occasions. He was part of the historical ‘Invincibles’ Arsenal team that went on to win the Premier League unbeaten. After the 2007-2008 season, he was sold to VfB Stuttgart.
Lehmann also made an Arsenal return in 2011. He came out of retirement and joined the Gunners on a rolling contract. This was done due to the injury crisis that hit Arsenal’s goalkeeping department.
#2 Per Mertesacker
The 6ft 6inch centre back was signed from Werder Bremen on August 2011. Per Mertesacker was bought along with players like Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos as part of the ‘panic buy’ after the record defeat against Manchester United.
Mertesacker is tall but slow. He has a good disciplinary record and is a good leader. He has captained the team so far this season due to Thomas Vermaelen’s injury.
Mertesacker has 91 international caps. He was an integral part of the Die Mannschaft’s 2006 and 2010 World Cup teams and the 2008 Euro Cup team.
With the emergence of other German defenders like Mats Hummels and Benedikt Howedes, his place in the National team is in doubt. But for Arsenal, he is a starter. He is also known for scoring goals in set pieces. It is also being reported that Mertesacker played a key role in Ozil’s transfer to Arsenal. Per and Ozil were former teammates at Werder Bremen.
#3 Lukas Podolski
Arsenal signed this forward from FC Koln on April 2012. He is a hard working forward. He has been very important for the team since he joined Arsenal.
It is difficult to find such hard working forwards. Another great quality of Podolski is that he is not selfish. He plays for the team. That’s why he has been capped 111 times for the German national team. He represented his country at various International tournaments since 2004.
#4 Mesut Ozil
I know that he hasn’t played for Arsenal yet. But looking at the sheer amount of talent this guy has, I think he will be a phenomenon at Arsenal.
Mesut is a team player with good technique, ball control and dribbling skills. His biggest asset is his passing skill. At Real Madrid, he was well known for executing quick counter-attacks and defence splitting passes.
Many Real Madrid supporters and players are angry at the sale of Ozil. Madrid’s loss is Arsenal’s gain. In Ozil, Cazorla and Walcott, Arsenal has the holy-trio of attackers! He has played for 47 games for German National team. With the presence of fellow German internationals like Mertesacker and Podolski, Ozil will settle down easily in London.