Both Germany youth internationals, the pair graduated through the same Schalke academy to play for the first team, and have since represented their respective countries at the 2014 World Cup.
Now both at Arsenal, Kolasinac has revealed just how closely he has followed Ozil’s career to date.
“He also came through the academy at Schalke, went to Werder Bremen, had a great World Cup and then went to Real Madrid,” the 23-year-old told Arsenal Player.
“From there he’s come here. We’ve all followed his career, especially the boys who come from Gelsenkirchen, where he was born. We’ve all followed his career.
“I spoke to our old coach, Norbert Elgert, who has a close relationship to him. He informed me about Mesut and said that he will welcome me really well here.
“I’m looking forward to getting started and being able to get to know the boys.”
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