Ozil will soon settle at Arsenal – Loew
Germany coach Joachim Loew believes Mesut Ozil will have no problems settling in at Arsenal following his move from Real Madrid.
Oezil scored Germany’s second goal from the penalty spot in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands after he provided the pass to Thomas Mueller, who fell under a challenge in the area.
“I am looking forward to London. It’s my new home, a new task,” Ozil said.
The midfielder was expected in London Wednesday and could make his Premier League debut at Sunderland on Saturday.
Arsenal have paid a club record 50 million euros for Ozil, who joins fellow Germans Per Mertesacker – the scorer of Germany’s first in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier – and Lukas Podolski, currently injured, at the Gunners.
“Of course, I kept an eye on him a bit to see how he was feeling,” Loew said of Ozil after the victory in Torshavn put Germany a win away from a 2014 World Cup place.
“He made a good impression and is looking forward to London. We’ll have to see what the next weeks bring and how he fits in.
“Mesut is a player who can deal relatively quickly with another club and another coach, and he will join up with two players he knows very well and counts as friends. For this reason it won’t be too difficult.”
Oezil’s penalty, coolly sending Gunnar Nielsen the wrong way to slot in by the keeper’s right-hand post, was his fourth from the spot and sixth goal in all in Group C, making him Germany’s leading scorer in the qualifiers.
He is set to earn his his 50th cap against Ireland in Cologne on October 11, when Germany can make sure of World Cup qualification.
“We know the Irish will play aggressively but we will match them. We’ll play our game and also win,” Oezil said.
Loew was meanwhile happy with the 3-0 win at the Torsvollur Stadium against a Faroe Island side which sat deep in defence.
“We completed the job we needed of getting three points,” he said.
“The structure of our game on artificial turf was all right. The only thing missing was a second or third goal from the five,six,seven chances we had before halftime.
“Sometimes it was like handball. They had nine or 10 players standing in their own penalty area.”
The victory followed a 3-0 defeat of Austria on Friday and leaves Germany on the brink of World Cup qualification.
Loew’s side are five points ahead of Sweden, who won 1-0 at Kazakhstan, and eight ahead of Austria, who defeated Ireland 1-0 in Vienna. A win for Germany will make absolutely sure of qualification, who also knows a draw all but seals a World Cup ticket to Brazil.
Sweden play Austria on October 11 before greeting Germany four days later, while Austria’s final game is at Faroe Islands.
“We can make certain (of qualifying) in our last home game (against Ireland),” Loew said.
“A point will be enough in view of (superior) goal difference, so from this point of view we are well clear. With a win it’s all done. That’s our aim and it’s nice for our fans. The constellation behind us is interesting.”
Loew meanwhile says he is no rush on a contract extension. He is expected to sign a new two-year deal to 2016, but said further talks would not take place until next month.