Arsenal ace issues Premier League plea to in-demand German duo

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil has expressed his desire to see international teammates Mats Hummels and Benedikt Höwedes follow his lead by moving to England, claiming the pair would benefit from the Premier League style of play.

The German defenders have repeatedly been linked with transfers to the English top flight. Hummels – currently at Borussia Dortmund – has long been earmarked for a move to Manchester United, while Schalke skipper Höwedes has attracted the interest of Özil’s club Arsenal.

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Dortmund recently said they were confident that centre-back Hummels would commit to the club and put pen to paper on a new deal but the player has yet to comment on speculation he is looking for a change of scenery after seven years at the club. Meanwhile, Höwedes reportedly has a buyout clause of €17.5 million if it is activated before mid-June.

Speaking to Bild am Sonntag, Özil said: “I would recommend any player to come to England. The Premier League is the best league in the world. Here there are not only two teams fighting for the title but three or four and every team can beat any other team.

“The opponents never give up, even if they are 3-0 down. You are challenged all the time, as a player as well as physically. Mats and Benedikt have the qualities to make a mark at a big club here – if they want to, and that is obviously up to the individual to decide.”

Özil starred in Germany’s 7-0 thrashing of Gibraltar on Saturday, which sees the World Cup champions and world number one side remain on course for Euro 2016 qualification.