The Bayern Munich captain has spoken to his Germany team-mate since his big move to England and knows the playmaker will relish Saturday’s opportunity to win silverware
By Thomas Unsworth
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has revealed that his Germany team-mate Mesut Ozil is “desperate” to win trophies with Arsenal, and believes victory in Saturday’s FA Cup final would be a “big achievement”.
Ozil joined the Gunners in a club-record £42 million deal from Real Madrid last summer, but only a hamstring injury sustained against Bayern in March cut short a tide of criticism over a string of below-par performances.
The playmaker returned for Arsenal’s final four games of the season – which included a 3-0 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium – and is in line to start at Wembley on Saturday.
“I have spoken with Mesut since his move – and he chose Arsenal because the belief they showed in him and because he believed he would be successful there,” Lahm told Goal.
“He is a player who is motivated by success – and he is desperate to win trophies. For him to win one in his first season with Arsenal would be a big achievement.”
Both players feature in Joachim Low’s Germany squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and Lahm admits he has a soft spot for Arsenal thanks to the small band of his compatriots who play for the club.
“I do want to see Arsenal do well in England because, with Per [Mertesacker], Lukas [Podolski] and Mesut all playing there, I have some good friends,” he added. “They are three very big players for the German national team – and Arsenal are fortunate to have such quality.”