Former Gunner names player as a perfect replacement for Mesut Ozil

Gilberto Silva has urged Arsenal to find a new Mesut Ozil for their team.

The Gunners are currently struggling for goals and with creativity, yet they still have the German on their books.

Ozil was a key member of the Arsenal first-team when Mikel Arteta became the club’s manager, but he failed to take advantage of his chances.

He has now been dropped from the team since March and he wasn’t registered for their squads in the Premier League and the Europa League this season.

He was the team’s creative force before his form dropped and Gilberto believes that the Gunners need a player like him, now more than ever.

He says that the Gunners currently lack a player that will create chances for their attackers and that he expected Willian to do that, but the Brazilian has been playing out wide.

When pressed further on a player that he would recommend for them to sign, he name-checked Jack Grealish.

The Brazilian said as quoted by “If we want to talk about Mesut Ozil, then he’s actually the kind of playmaker that Arsenal really need.

“Arsenal need someone to come into the side and create chances – to give the ball to the forwards.

“I thought that player might have been Willian when he was brought in but he’s been playing out wide.

“Ozil could be the type of player Arsenal actually need to sign.”

Silva added when asked who Arsenal should be targeting: “I like Jack Grealish. I’ve spoken about him a lot. He has done an amazing job; he’d be a good fit for the team.

“If you see the way he plays, his ability and desire. He’s got quality, there is no doubt about that. He has been sensational this season.

“Good players are not cheap; this is the reality of football, but they make a huge impact.

“If the club decided in the future that they wanted to bring in a Jack Grealish, then they know it’s not going to be cheap. They’ll have to spend big.

“It’s not easy to find quality players at a good price; you have to understand the market very well and be at the front of a long list of many, many clubs who are all looking for similar players to improve their squads.”

Tags Gilberto Silva Jack Grealish Mesut Ozil


  1. What we have to do from now on is start every game with urgency and then build a rhythm from there. We must start every game with full throttle. That’s why I don’t like the likes of Xhaka to start the games. He is one the players that slows us down and if we are to bounce back again, then an aggressive, urgency in our performances is needed. This means we need to play one defensive midfielder and one striker. The rest midfielders up front should have pace and skill in their locker playing one-touch football with urgency. If Partey is not back then this formation but if Partey is back, then he replaces Ceballos. If Arteta doesn’t change his stereotypical selections and refuse to change things, then the struggle to win games continues. Lampard got his selection right by dropping some players and using the fastest players in his squad with superb ball control and it is working wonders for him. Arteta should do same because the teams that play the quickest football are the teams that will remain at the top.






    1. I tell you the truth, this is the time we need to bring back the Farbregas days of pace, skill, technique and creativity. One-touch football with excellent first touch ball control.

  2. I wish everyone would stop telling us to sign Grealish, yes of course we would like him but does anyone really think that a, we will pay what he will cost and b, why would he sign for us given the way we are now when he could have the pick of teams.

  3. We spent big money on Xhaka, Mustafi, Lacazette and Ozil and has any of them made a huge impact?It’s getting the right player at the right price.Grealish is such a player but he is not for sale, and if he were he would set his sights higher than a mid table side despite its rich history of success.

    1. Grandad: Agree with your statement on buying the right players for the right price but why did you exclude PEPE, AUBA and Willian from your list? We should also add that the right coach is as important as the right players especially if he can assemble few good juniors to promote to the first team.

  4. We have players with pace in the likes Willock, Nelson, Partey, Tierney, Bellerin, Niles, Saka, Aubameyang.

    Arteta needs to mix this teenagers with the experienced team for some urgency in our games.

    It would be good to buy Zaha in January, one with skill and strength and possibly add Balogun to the attack, with Martinelli in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

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