Matteo Guendouzi has revealed how Mesut Ozil and Bernd Leno pushed him to move to Germany.
The 21-year-old France youth international had slipped down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal and therefore decided that he needed to leave to get regular game time.
He has now revealed that he spoke to two team-mates before leaving the Emirates for the season, both have which have played plenty of football in the league he would arrive in.
Both Ozil and Leno then gave him the push he needed to accept a deal to leave.
“I played over 80 games there and had a good, intense time there,” he told Kicker.
“I learned a lot there in terms of sport and grew up there. It was two good years for me.”
Before adding: “I also had a very good relationship with Mesut Ozil and Bernd Leno.
“Both of them told me a lot of good things about the Bundesliga.”
Guendouzi said after his move was confirmed earlier in the month: “Excited to be back on the pitch and defend the colours of Hertha BSC! Let’s go!”
Before adding: "The discussions with those responsible convinced me [to join].
“I don't just want to develop personally, but help the whole association to take the next step.
"I’m buzzing to start life in Berlin as a Hertha player."
With Arteta saying back in August: “I have been really clear that everybody starts from zero all the time in football.
“What you did two weeks ago or two years ago doesn't really matter. It's what you are able to contribute to the team now. Everybody is going to have the same opportunities.
“They'll have to show with their performances and their attitude that they are better than their teammates or somehow contributing to what we want to achieve this season.”
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