Arsenal star speaks of German revolution

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A decade ago, if there was one language other than English spoken in the Arsenal dressing room it would have undoubtedly been French.

With the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires the star men in the Gunners' 'Invincibles' season, team chemistry was, shall we say; 'tres bien'.

Now, a decade on from that most famous of seasons, a new language is being thrown around in the Emirates dressing room, and that's German.

Speaking to the German Football Federation's official website, record signing Mesut Ozil spoke of how settling in has been made so much easier by the frequent use of his mother-tongue, he said: "It is important to me that at Arsenal so much German is spoken. Especially with Lukas (Podolski) and Per (Mertesacker) I have a very good relationship, we understand each other really well.

"I must admit that there is still a little hitch with my English, because I definitely have to work on it."

As well as senior internationals like Ozil, Podolski and Mertesacker, youngsters Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld have also been involved in first team action this season.

Despite his confession that he's yet to fully get to grips with the English language, Ozil seems to have taken to life at Arsenal like a duck to water, fully justifying his £42.4 million price tag. 

Having made a blistering start to his career in English football, the former Real Madrid man has heaped credit on his teammates, he said: "The guys are all great, they help me and support me really fantastically. This is true for the whole team.

"The players at Arsenal are all very easy going, they come up to me, we laugh a lot and have fun. I really cannot say anything negative."

However, Ozil did admit to one problem he's encountered since arriving in North London - karaoke. The German star was forced to take part in the traditional musical initiation, much to his displeasure: "When I sing, I do not like my voice. I do not think my colleagues understood what I sung, but I was glad that that is behind me," he added.

While the playmaker may have been unhappy with his singing, his on-field display can only be described as 'Wunderbar'.

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