Bernd Leno thanks duo for Arsenal transfer advice
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has reserved special praise for Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi after speaking to the German international duo prior to making a move to the Emirates Stadium. Bernd Leno is expected to become Arsenal's number 1 goalkeeper in the coming months.
Leno had been in conversations with many clubs prior to his move from Bayer Leverkusen, but ultimately opted to make a move to the Premier League and join Arsenal.
The keeper revealed that he spoke to his German compatriots Ozil and Mustafi prior to the move.
Leno quipped: "I loved my time at Leverkusen and I was living my dream.
I had played for Germany too and to be honest I didn’t think things could get much better, but then I found out that Arsenal were interested in me.
"I was very excited and very nervous too because Arsenal is such a big club with a big history and great fans.
"Playing in the Premier League was a very exciting prospect for me too, and fortunately I already knew a few of the players.
"I’ve known Musti for about 10 or 11 years because we grew up together in the youth national teams, the under-17s through to the under-21s.
"I had played with Mesut for Die Mannschaft too, and I also knew Granit, Auba and Micki from the Bundesliga, so it’s funny to see us all together at Arsenal now."