Arsenal have been offered hope in their ongoing pursuit of Sami Khedira, after Mesut Ozil and the Real Madrid midfielder couldn't be separated during training for the Germany national team on Thursday, reports the Daily Star.
The 24-year-old Gunners playmaker played alongside Khedira during his stint at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the close friends were separated when Ozil completed a £42.5million move to the Premier League.
"Personally, I feel bad about Mesut's transfer," was Khedira's response after hearing the news last month. "We are very, very good friends.
"His departure is a loss also from a sporting perspective. Mesut can make the difference."
Despite Arsene Wenger smashing the club's transfer record to bring the Germany international to the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal were also interested in adding Khedira to their first-team ranks.
And, if the north London club remain keen on the Real Madrid star, then his close relationship with Ozil could play a pivotal role in convincing Khedira to quit Spain and join Arsenal, when the trainer window reopens in January.
The best buddies looked pleased to be reunited ahead of World Cup qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden, and spent time laughing and joking in training, with spirits clearly high in the German camp.