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Sahin shocked Real Madrid sold Ozil to Arsenal

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin admits he was surprised Real Madrid sold Mesut Ozil to Arsenal. Sahin insists he will not allow his good friendship with former Madrid team-mate Ozil to impact efforts on the pitch.

He said: "Of course I was surprised (he left Madrid), as were a lot of people.

"He is a great player and a good friend of mine, but if you say he is the only (great) player of Arsenal would be disrespectful to the other great players."

Sahin, who played at Liverpool on a short loan spell during 2012/2013, came close to joining Arsenal last summer.

He added: "There were three times in my career, the first was when I was 16 and then last summer we spoke, but in the end I signed for Liverpool. That is football."

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