Drop everything! Our favorite alliterative couple have been...in the media.
I'm not sure what this is, but I'm sure it's awesome.
Update - I've managed to type up what they're saying on the first page -
When you meet Mesut Özil in person for more than just the fleeting seconds it takes to ask for an autograph, the first thing you notice is all the things he’s not.
You have been told that, off the pitch, he is softly-spoken and shy to the point of timidity. But no, he isn’t. His handshake is as firm as his voice, his eyes hardly ever wander and he calmly fields every question you throw at him. Which, of course, doesn’t mean he will always answer them.
When FourFourTwo invites him to recount the story of how he came to leave Real Madrid he says “I don’t really want to talk too much about Real here. A lot of time has passed. What I want to say, though, is that I thank the fans and my teammates, with whom I’m still in contact. I wish the club all the best, because I have friends there, but the important thing now is Arsenal and what we want to achieve.”
People have also come to think of Özil as this tender, almost ethereal player who slithers through defences, elegantly evading the sort of bone-crunching tackles that could easily split someone like him in half. But no, he isn’t this impossibly frail person, either. He is a lot taller than he seems on television. (And, if you allow us that, much more handsome than certain chants from opposing fans suggest). He’s also surprisingly muscular. True, his are not the bulging muscles you associate with rugged enforcers, rather the taut muscles of the finely tuned athlete. But they serve as a reminder why Özil seems to have had no problems whatsoever adapting to the Premier League, contrary to what some pundits predicted. He may be only 25, but this is a man who has been around and learned to fend for himself. “Yes, the football is definitely different,” he says. “The games are very, very intense, often end-to-end stuff. But personally, I like that a lot. The team have helped me and the coach has confidence in me. That’s why I can play to my potential.”
Maybe all you need to know about his astonishing capacity to blend in quickly is that - in contrast to many other new signings from abroad - Özil doesn’t like to be chauffeured around, but actually enjoys directing his car through the notorious London traffic on what for him is the wrong side of the road. “I thought it might be a problem,” he says, “but it’s not that difficult after all.”
( M&M In The Press...Collapse )