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18/09/2013 09:52 BST

Mesut Özil Experiences Initiation At Arsenal (PICTURE)

An auspicious debut at Sunderland could not spare Arsenal's record signing Mesut Özil from experiencing his initiation.

Favoured by many Premier League clubs, Özil had to stand on a chair and belt out a song for a cringing ice-breaker at the Gunners' hotel on Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old German, whose girlfriend is Mannheim popstar Mandy Capristo, looked shy and tentative as he took his cue in front of teammates.

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A sheepish Özil braces himself

Arsenal are in France ahead of their Champions League opener in Marseille, who they beat in the group stage two years ago.