Let’s face it Arsenal fans, our German international star Mesut Ozil is not the sort of player who is going to win you games on his own, as the club’s other top star and possible contract rebel Alexis Sanchez has the ability to do. Put Ozil at the heart of a good team with technique and flair, though, with some real firepower up top a bit like the Germany national side, and Ozil’s talent can have a massive impact.
That is exactly why I think our number 11 will be the Gunner to benefit the most from the club’s signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon this week. As pointed out in the striker’s first interview on the Arsenal website, Lacazette had the second best chance conversion rate in Europe’s top five leagues last season and he should be provided with even more chances with Ozil pulling the strings.
The German may well now have his eyes on the prize of that Premier League assist record of Thierry Henry’s. It looked like he would beat it easily a couple of years ago but the forwards stopped firing and Ozil was left one shy of the mark.
If he can get a good understanding going with the new man pretty quickly, could this be the season when Ozil overhauls the EPL record and really earns the title of king of the assist?