Arsene Wenger reveals reasons behind German obsession

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Arsene Wenger is well known for his reluctance to look at a player's passport before signing them, but, lately, it seems he is more keen to sign someone from Germany than anywhere else.

No more than 10 years ago you could only find one German in the Arsenal line up in the form of Jens Lehmann.

Now there are five in the first team alone and several more in the academy. The likes of Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker have been joined by academy graduates Gedion Zelalem, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld.

Wenger seems to have progressed from his past preference towards French players, with a number of players coming from his native land during an 18-year spell as Arsenal boss.

Wenger admits that although it is just a coincidence that he has swapped France for Germany, there are reasons behind it.

Speaking to reporters, Wenger said: "I just buy good players - they adapt easily to England," said Wenger. "If you look at the number of French people in London you can't say they don't like England and don't adapt. But it's just a coincidence.

"Germany first of all is 80million people, they have created many academies of quality and they are now maybe producing more players than France.

"The structure in Germany [means that] in every single village you have a football club. The life of the village revolves around the club and everybody plays football in Germany.

"For me, it's the most similar country to England because if you watch any single game it's sold out. Football is very strong culturally in Germany, stronger than anywhere else and similar to England."

Arsenal take on the German champions Bayern Munich at the Emirates tonight and Wenger will start Ozil and Mertesacker while Podolski and Gnabry are likely to start on the bench.

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