While Arsenal’s new signing Mesut Ozil looks set to make an excellent impact, here is a look at the top five players from Germany to have plied their trade in the Premier League.
Now manager of League One side Brentford, Rosler had a very productive four-year spell at Manchester City in the 1990s. He is one of the highest scoring Germans of the Premier League era, and overall for the club he scored 50 league goals.
The current manager of the United States had two spells at Tottenham Hotspur, where he became immensely popular, to the degree that he gained legendary status. In the 1994-95 season, he scored 29 goals, and when he returned, he saved the club from relegation in 1998.
The long-serving Germany international captain made the move to England to join Chelsea in 2006, and in his first season he helped the Blues on the way to winning the FA Cup under Jose Mourinho, while he had to wait until 2010 to win the Premier League title for the only time.
He gained a reputation for scoring vital goals in important games as he began to show his quality. His Chelsea career ended after four years and 17 goals in 105 league appearances.
After a short spell at Newcastle United, Hamann enjoyed his best footballing years at Liverpool, becoming a fans’ favourite with consistently hard-working midfield displays. Before joining Manchester City in 2006, he helped the club win the Champions League in 2005, the UEFA Cup in 2001, and two FA Cups among other trophies.
One of the few German goalkeepers to have played in the Premier League, Lehmann began his Arsenal career in top form, playing throughout the 2003-04 title winning season as the Gunners went undefeated. He later went on to make the decisive save in the 2005 FA Cup final penalty shoot-out, and a year later he had a remarkable run of Champions League clean sheets, only to be sent off in the final.
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