Arsenal transfer news: Mesut Ozil takes Real Madrid parting shot after claiming they denied him respect


Mesut Ozil last night angrily accused Real Madrid of showing him a lack of respect.

Arsenal’s , who hassigned a five year contract worth £140,000-a-week, even claimed he would have moved to the Emirates for FREE because his Real Madrid careerhad gone sour.

Ozil, 24, says he has moved to , claimed the Premier Leagueis the toughest in the world and also says Arsene Wenger has given him the trust and faith which was missing at Madrid.

Hisfather Mustafa claimed Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is “not an honourable man” for trying to discredit the Germany midfielder with “lies” about being a womaniser because fans are angry at the £42m sale.

ButOzil said: “People know how professional I am and this is what counts. All the rumours, I don’t care about them. I have a new task here. I’m just looking ahead. I am in London now.

“Iwould have come here without a fee, that wouldn’t have been a problem. The most important thing for me is that the manager trusts me, that I can get trust from him. This was the crucial point for me and this is why I have come here. He trusts me.”

Ozilfell out of favour with new boss Carlo Ancelotti as Perez pursued theirrecord £86m signing Gareth Bale and got upset at being substituted and felt he was being frozen out.

ButOzil claims his phone conversation with Wenger convinced him to move toArsenal as he now believes that he can win everything at the Emirates.

Oziladded: “When I spoke to Arsene on the phone, he was full of respect andas a player I need that. I feel that here, that is why I came here. I don’t want to talk about Real Madrid, my time there was great but that topic is over.

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“I want to look ahead. I will have wonderful years here, hopefully I will win many trophies and stay healthy and this what I look forward to.

“I’mnot disappointed. I’m at Arsenal now, which is one of the biggest clubsin the world. I think I will go my way here. Of course I had a very good time in Madrid. I have lots of friends there and [had] lots of verygood moments there.

“You can see by the reaction of the fans and the players that they didn’t understand the move. You always have to look ahead and I’ve made the next step.

“This is something new for me. I’m in the strongest league in the world and have to prove myself here to continue developing here. This is why I am at the right club.”


Everton wonderkid Ross Barkley won't be fazed by limelight says Roberto Martinez


RobertoMartinez claims Ross Barkley’s tough upbringing will ensure he doesn’t get carried away by his success .

Barkley’scareer has gone supersonic since the start of the campaign and after scoring on the opening day, he netted for EnglandUnder-21s and won his first senior cap last Friday.

Martinezis not worried that Barkley’s success will go to his head and says the 19-year-old is grounded because of the setbacks he has had to overcome in his career.

Barkley had tofight back from a triple leg break nearly three years ago when he was 16 and has seen the less glamorous side of the game during loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds.

“Rosswill never ever get affected by everything that’s happened to him because he’s had really tough experiences already,” said the Everton boss.

“He’s seen both sides of the game as a footballer, being injured with such a horrific injury.

“Somethinglike that puts you career in perspective and tells you everything couldbe taken away from you. Probably that has given him a unique maturity for such a young man.

“He’s also been out on loan. He’s played in the Championship. He’s played at different clubs, different styles of football. He’s been through absolutely everything.

“The good thing about Ross is that he never gets carried away, nothing fazes him.”

Martinezsays Barkley has returned from international duty with his sights focused on Chelsea tomorrow, rather than basking in his latest triumph.

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TheSpaniard said: “Believe me, Ross is not one of those who says ‘did you see the game I played last week?’. He’s the opposite. He’ll be asking ‘how can I improve, how can I get better?’.

“Rossis a listener. He can’t get enough information He always wants to know what he can do better, how he can play the game in the better way.

“Inthe same way that he was really excited about going away and playing for the England senior team first time, he’s excited about this weekend and playing Chelsea.

“He’s such a talented footballer. I’m extremely excited about his future because I think he can reach unseen levels.”

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Nicklas Bendtner training on his own in Danish boot camp as he tries to lose weight

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Nicklas Bendtner is training in his own Copenhagen boot camp.

Bendtner’spersonal trainer Thomas Jorgensen has admitted the Arsenal striker needs to lose weight but claims he could be back to match fitness by theend of the month.

Jorgensen said: "He needs more fitness and has had a few problems, but it is not as if he needs to lose 20 kilogrammes."

ADanish newspaper yesterday published pictures of Bendtner in the gym looking overweight as he worked out after spending most of the summer .

Bendtner is on Arsenal’s but it is understood that Arsene Wenger believes he is weeks away from being fit to be in contention. Bendtner has also had surgery on a thigh problem but will now go back to Arsenal for rehabilitation.

Hehas also fallen out of favour so much that it is hard to believe Bendtner will get another chance at Arsenal even though Wenger has claimed publicly he may have to be used because of the striker shortage.

Greg Dyke convinced Premier League will work with FA to help England team


Greg Dyke last night claimed he is certain the Premier League will help their shake-up of the England team.

Dykemet with the 20 clubs yesterday to try and thrash out some solutions a week after his speech in which he highlighted a “frighteningtrend” towards an all-time low of only 32 per cent of Premier League players being .

ButDyke said yesterday: “There is a great deal of knowledge there and I amsure we will be able to find some very concrete ways of improving the pool of talent available to England managers.”

PremierLeague chairman Anthony Fry added: “It is evident from discussions withthe clubs that there is a strong desire to see greater numbers of England qualified players coming through their Academy systems that are capable of performing at both Premier League and international standard.”

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Arsenal's £42million-man Mesut Ozil admits he would have joined the club for nothing


Mesut Ozil trained with his new team-mates, donned the Arsenal kit and posed for pictures with his .

Then he turned to face the media and made two impressive ­declarations – he would have joined the club for nothing and Arsenal can “definitely” win the Premier League this season.

He spelled out the vision sold to him by Arsene Wenger of following in the footsteps of greats like Thierry Henry, playing the beautiful game, improving as a player and, most importantly for Arsenal fans, winning major trophies.

Germany star Ozil, 24, , can understand English, speaks in pidgin English and yet the physical style of English football holds no fears for the slightly built midfielder.

Ozil had his first full training session at Arsenal’s Hertfordshire base yesterday and impressed team mates with his first touch which reminded some of Robert Pires because the ball was always a couple of yards in front of him, but always under control.

Arsenal staff have also admired his focus in training and he has turned up early for every meeting with a club he is delighted to have signed for. “I would have come here without a fee,” he said and then made clear his desire to succeed and win trophies, starting with the Premier League.

“Of course, definitely,” said Ozil when asked whether Arsenal can win the title this season. “I know the team. I know what talent we have here and I think every player wants to be successful.

“Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world and we definitely want to achieve something with this team. That’s what we work very hard for.

“Of course it will be very difficult because the league is the strongest in the world. It’s very balanced but we will give everything to have success. I cannot promise to win trophies, but I can promise that as a team we will give our all to win trophies.


“I look forward to playing in this league. I have watched a lot of Premier League games because Spanish games were always so late in the day that I was able to watch them. Of course it is very physical here, but it is a man’s sport and I am really glad to play in the best league in the world.

“I want to prove myself in England, therefore I look forward to playing here. I also played in the Bundesliga and Spain and always proved myself. I know that I will prove myself here as well.”

It was Wenger’s phone call – made in German by Arsenal’s multi-lingual boss – to Ozil that convinced the midfielder to leave his growing discontent at Real Madrid to join Arsenal.

Wenger was “90 per cent” convinced the deal was done after that phone call before the North London derby the day before the transfer window shut. Perhaps that explains his smug look post-match was not just about the result.

It was the vision which Wenger sold that was vital and also Ozil was clearly attracted to Arsenal by emulating some big names of the past and playing attractive football as well as developing under a manager renowned for coaching young talent.

“He (Wenger) didn’t have to say a whole lot about the club,” said Ozil. “I know how successful Arsenal have been and what successful players they have had.

“Players like Henry, Fabregas – so I know that the step here is the right one for me because many young players came here and got better and got to become the best players in the world. This is why I want to go my way here.

“I feel very good here, it is great to be part of this team. The city is very nice, you can see how familiar this club is, when I arrived here, everything was great. I feel very well in this team, everybody has been very cordial and the boss is great.

“I want to continue developing here and I am proud to be part of this team. It is a very well-known club, a very successful club with very young players, and the young players develop very well here. This was one of the reasons why I chose to come here, I want to continue to improve myself.

“I am really happy to be here under such a great manager. He told me what he thinks about me and this was the reason I chose Arsenal.

“I want to play offensive and good football, we want to keep clean sheets, to play attractive football, to improve but also successful football.”

Ozil said he is still looking for a house but is likely to join Arsenal’s band of foreign stars who have all moved close to each other in London’s leafy and exclusive Hampstead.


But there is no doubt in Wenger’s mind as to where Ozil – and Arsenal’s England star Jack Wilshere – will fit into his midfield. Ozil will occupy the No10 role behind Olivier Giroud with Wilshere slightly deeper.

Wenger, who confirmed he tried to sign Ozil even before he went to Real Madrid, said: “In midfield Jack Wilshere is more comfortable in deeper positions, and Ozil more in a higher position. That’s why I don’t think they conflict.

“I didn’t always think that but looking at Jack over the years now, he likes to come deep to take the ball and make a difference, and then give and go again. Ozil is more behind the striker, higher up on the field.”

“Ozil has the personality to express his game, which is for me the most important. He is a creative player, and that’s what we want.

“To express his talent and develop it. If you look well at his record his assists are fantastic, his goalscoring record there is room for improvement. You expect him in the next years to combine those two together.”

Liverpool transfer news: Kolo Toure welcomes Liverpool competition after Reds increase backline options


Kolo Toure says no defender’s place is guaranteed at Liverpool – .

Liverpool’s backline has yet to be breached this season in the Premier League and they have gone 417 minutes without conceding.

Brendan Rodgers by signing Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Llori and Toure knows the competition for places is intense.

The former Invincible claims the arrival of Sakho and Llori will benefit the team because no-one can take their place for granted.

“It’s fantastic,” said Toure. “The competition has increased and everybody has to work really hard every day.

“The competition will be really tough and we need to work extra hard. Nobody will be expecting to play, we’ll all have to fight, but I love the competition.

“That’s the only way we can make the team better and I’m glad we have signed two very, very good players.

“We know all about Mamadou Sakho, he is a very good player. Tiago has also come in from Portugal and is a really good defender as well.”

Toure should return from his groin strain for Monday’s trip to Swansea and Martin Skrtel was excellent in the win over Manchester United in his absence.

The Ivory Coast international hopes his vast experience may persuade Rodgers to start him at the Liberty Stadium and he had been impressive before being injured against Notts County in the Capital One Cup.

“I will always bring my experience,” he said. “The competition will be fair and I will help them when they need it. We work as a team, but I will do my best to show the manager I can keep my place.

“I enjoy taking on responsibility. With the experience I have, I can help them and show them the way.”

Toure is not shocked that Liverpool are top of the Premier League for the first time since January 2009 and says it is their reward for all their hard work this summer.

“I’m not surprised because of the effort we put in during pre-season and the commitment of the players every day in training,” he said. “Being top just motivates us even more.

“The manager is doing a great job, all the staff are working really hard. We need to carry on doing that and the results will come.”


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Arsene Wenger thinks Mesut Ozil is vital to determining his Arsenal future

Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil holds the key to his future as Arsenal manager.

Wenger claimed he is in “no hurry” to sign a new contract even though his current £7.5million-a-year deal expires at the end of the season.

But he stressed he will only stay if the club, and the fans, judge him to have been a success this season – and from Real Madrid will play a key part in that.

boss said: “We are in no hurry. We are in September and my contract finishes in June. There’s a long way to go. There’s no need to plan talks.

“In the end I will sit down and think: ‘How well have I done with the team I have had?’ That has to be ­sufficient for me to decide yes or no.

The Frenchman claimed the Ozil deal “surprised” him but proves that Arsenal were determined to make a strong statement in the transfer market.

That is a refreshing change for Wenger who has gone eight years without a trophy. He has been under tight budget constraints since moving to the Emirates.

He added: “We had to go through some years, when I signed a long-term contract, where we had some restricted financial potential.

“The target was to stay in the Champions League in this period and we managed to do that. We are now in a strong position financially.

“The best thing is to spend the money in a very efficient way that means you strengthen the team and spend the money you can afford. I’m confident with Ozil we have done that.

“I think Ozil was linked with the Gareth Bale transfer. I don’t know exactly what happened inside the club in Madrid. Was it down to financial reasons? Was it down to the fact that when they bought Bale they had Isco and they had to let somebody go? I was surprised, yes.”

Sunderland's Paolo Di Canio will keep slating his players in public if they make mistakes


Paolo Di Canio has vowed to carry on hammering his players in public if they make errors.

Di Canio drew surprise with his criticism of his skipper John O’Shea, whose mistake at Fulham a fortnight ago.

But believes a hard-line stance is needed and said: “Harry Redknapp did many interviews last year and no one asked why he said his team was playing rubbish. Why is it only Paolo Di Canio?

“Maybe after three or four games a player will moan about the gaffer and say, “Oh, it’s tough”. The common theory is that there are big egos and if you upset them you have problems and they get upset.

“Butmy ­relationship with my players is closer than you think. It means that I can point the finger straight away and say, ‘For your level, it is rubbish’.

“You think the new generation is weak? I say if they are weak they cannot play football at this level. It is natural selection.”

DiCanio has also been studying Sir Alex ­Ferguson’s speech on management at Harvard University and he brandished a four-page print out during hispress conference yesterday.

He added: “Here. Sir Alex Ferguson. Point No.4. Never, ever cede control. This is Paolo Di Canio. This is why I’m at top level.”

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Wayne Rooney steps up comeback from head injury by targeting Leverkusen tie

Wayne Rooney is pushing to make his Manchester United ­comeback in four days’ time.

Rooney has been out since suffering a gash to his ­forehead in an accidental training ground clash with Phil Jones on August 31.

The wound required 10 stitches and was expected to rule the out for three weeks.

ButRooney, who has been doing gym work and running this week, has an outside chance of making the bench for Tuesday’s .

United are keen to have Rooney available for the first Manchester derby of the season, away to City at the Etihad Stadium, on September 22.

Assuch, Moyes would like to give Rooney a run-out against Leverkusen, if the striker’s wound has healed in time for him to make the bench and give United a major boost ahead of the derby.

Nemanja Vidic says Manchester United haven't had the hairdryer from David Moyes… yet

Nemanja Vidic says Manchester United’s players are waiting to receive the ‘hairdryer’ treatment from .

Former boss Sir Alex Ferguson was renowned for his fiery ‘hairdryer’ temper, bawling out his players when he felt they had let their standards slip.

Although United have dropped five points from their first three games under Moyes, he has yet to let rip in the dressing-room, according to Vidic.

Despite United losing 1-0 at arch rivals Liverpool prior to the international break, Moyes backed his players for the way they performed at Anfield.

And United skipper Vidic praised the impact of Moyes and his coaching staff since the former Everton boss officially took over from Ferguson on July 1.

Asked if Moyes had his own version of Ferguson’s ‘hairdryer’ treatment, Vidic said: “No. Until now he didn’t really have any need to, like you say, hairdryer and shout at players, because at the moment everything is going smooth.

“The players are training well, and as long as it’s like that he won’t have any reason to do it. Hopefully it will stay like that.

“The training is different – different kind of routines – which is normal when the new manager comes.

“Obviously he’s brought his staff as well, who have worked with us for two months, and we’ve got to know each other more.

“It’s all positive – I think we are in good shape.”

Although Ferguson was in charge for 26 years, Vidic claimed Moyes had not tried to implement wholesale change since taking charge of United.

“It’s not big, big changes – we have similar players – but he’s trying to teach the players different things.

“There are lots of positives, and now it’s the time to show them on the pitch.”

Vidic acknowledged the unrivalled success United enjoyed in three decades under Ferguson but said the time had come to move on to a new era.

“You know what, we had success with [Sir Alex] Ferguson,” Vidic told Talk Sport. “It was a pleasure and I’m glad I worked with him.

“But you know something new always comes – it’s new challenges, new training, new preparations.

“I had a great time with Sir Alex and we had so much success. I will always remember it as a good time.

“I saw him at Wimbledon – accidentally we had seats next to each other.

“We were supporting different players [Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic] and it was fun, it was nice to see him there.

“I was not his player at the time – he looked relaxed and he was with his family.”

“He’s not the kind of person who will change. He is straightforward – Moyes has a similarity with Sir Alex, he’s straightforward as well.”

United open their first Champions league campaign under Moyes with next Tuesday’s visit of Bayer Leverkusen to Old Trafford.

Despite Moyes never having managed in the competition proper, Vidic does not feel that will count against United in Europe.

“I think football is the same everywhere,” said Vidic. “He has been the manager of Everton for more than ten years.

“He’s facing teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Mancheter United every year, and that means he has the experience to play against top teams.

“Obviously he has, I believe, better quality players now at Manchester United – and I believe he has enough experience to drive us on.”            

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