Arsenal scout Jurgen Kost – a man who looks like he has been killed at least twice in every Die Hard movie – has been saying some nice things about Turkish footballers to Turkish kids in Turkey.
At an educational event hosted by the Arsenal Soccer School in the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul, the German played to the local crowd when asked about Besiktas star Oguzhan Ozyakup, who left the Emirates in 2012.
“Ozyakup is a player of the highest standard,” said Kost, a long-standing member of Arsene Wenger’s scouting team.
“We have been closely tracking his progress and when we do our next search for players in his position he could return to Arsenal.”
As is often the case these days, the quote – presumably made in response to a direct question about the player during the Q&A session – has since been taken out of context with Arsenal’s apparent ‘interest’ being presented as a bona fide transfer story. Meh.
Turkish-Football.com carry a few other snippets from Kost, who also briefly chatted to assembled media, including:
“I have been scouting a Turkish kid in Germany, I watched him 2-3 weeks ago, he plays in central midfield. I won’t give his name yet but he is very talented and we are considering signing him.”
Kost also apparently confirmed that Arsenal had once scouted Arda Turan, around the time of the European Championships in 2008, that he didn’t really rate Thomas Muller, but has been proved wrong, and that there’s a kid in Sparta Prague’s under-15s called Miroslav Pena, that he thinks will go far in the game.
He also told the assembled kids that if they have the same qualities as Mesut Ozil then there’s a good chance they will make it at a big club.
This last revelation has come as a shock to Arseblog News as we’ve been sitting on a broad range of Ozil-like skills (deft touch, great vision, love of pugs, willingness to shoulder-barge non-league opponents to annoy Chris Sutton) but have been too embarrassed to tell anyone. We fear we may have missed the boat and will now live our lives wistfully wondering what might have been…