Matteo Guendouzi reveals how Mesut Ozil motivated him to join Hertha Berlin
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Matteo Guendouzi reveals how Mesut Ozil motivated him to join Hertha Berlin

France U21 international Matteo Guendouzi has revealed how Mesut Ozil was a massive influence in his move to Hertha Berlin during the summer transfer window.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had been doing his utmost best to get rid of Guendouzi as he dreamed of the ideal midfield duo in the form of Ghana international Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar - he managed to secure the services of Partey on the transfer deadline day.

However, the 21-year-old was able to make a switch to Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal and revealed how wantaway Ozil motivated him to leave the Gunners.

In an interview with Kicker, Guendouzi said: “I had a very good relationship with Mesut Ozil and Bernd Leno. Both of them told me a lot of good things about the Bundesliga.

“I played over 80 games there [at Arsenal] and had a good, intense time there.

“I learned a lot there in terms of sport and grew up there. It was two good years for me.”

Guendouzi also had a moment where he hinted at the possibility of not returning to the Emirates but Arteta, however, insisted that there is room for the youngster to return to the first-team setup.

“I have been really clear that everybody starts from zero all the time in football,” Arteta said back in August.

“What you did two weeks ago or two years ago doesn't really matter. It's what you are able to contribute to the team now. Everybody is going to have the same opportunities.

“They'll have to show with their performances and their attitude that they are better than their teammates or somehow contributing to what we want to achieve this season.”

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