Departing Arsenal star Guendouzi explains why Ozil is "like a big brother"

Matteo Guendouzi has explained why former team-mate Mesut Ozil is “like a big brother” to him as he looks set to follow the German out of the Arsenal exit door.

The Frenchman fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta last season and was sent out on loan to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.

He now looks set to leave on a permanent basis this summer, with Ligue 1 club Marseille appearing to be the frontrunners for his signature.

Guendouzi is expected to move to the French club on an initial loan move, with Marseille having an obligation to buy him when that expires.

The 22-year-old is following in the footsteps of Ozil, who also fell out of favour under Arteta and was subsequently shipped out to Fenerbache on a free transfer.

Ozil was Guendouzi’s team-mate at the Gunners for two-and-a-half years before the German departed for Turkey in January this year.

He clearly was a big influence on the young midfielder, with Guendouzi revealing that he had a sibling-like relationship with Ozil.

“Mesut Ozil is a great role model and a brother to me,” he told Sport Bild.

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“For me, Ozil is clearly the best German player. And he’s one of the best tens in the history of German football.

“At Arsenal, he immediately took me under his wing and gave me a lot of tips. That’s why he’s like a big brother to me.”

Guendouzi went on to disclose that Ozil continued to provide advice during his loan spell at Hertha.

“I have a lot of respect for him as a footballer, but also as a person. He’s a person I admire,” he added.

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“Even during my time at Hertha [Berlin], we were always in contact, often writing to each other or talking on the phone.

“At the end of my career I want to have a résumé full of titles and trophies.

“That's why I play football so I can experience these unique moments like winning the Champions League or the World Cup.”

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