Mesut Ozil has given the clearest indication yet that he’ll be at Arsenal next season by revealing he’s looking forward to helping new signing Alexandre Lacazette score as many goals as possible.
The Germany international is now inside the final year of his current contract meaning the Gunners would have to sell the World Cup winner this summer or risk losing him in 12 months time on a free. Despite the ongoing situation, Ozil seems fully focused on having a successful season at the Emirates.
Speaking to Arsenal Player about linking up with Lacazette, who has usurped Ozil as the club’s record signing, the midfielder said:
“I’m really looking forward to it. He’s a very good striker who has scored many goals in Ligue 1, not just this season but in previous seasons too. We’re really happy to have such a class striker here with us.
“From what I’ve heard, he’s meant to be very good, always hungry for goals and ice-cold when he gets into a scoring position. My friends who follow the French league know him well and have told me that I’ll definitely have fun with him on the pitch.
“I hope that he’ll be able to take us further with his goals. I’m sure he’s happy to be here and to be able to play with us, and we’re pleased to be able to assist him and help him to score as many goals as possible.”
There’s been a bit of chatter about Lacazette’s style of play in recent days – I touch on it here – with Gerard Houllier comparing his compatriot to Ian Wright. Theo Walcott reckons that’s not too far off the mark claiming the Frenchman reminds him of Jermain Defoe, himself often compared to Wright.
“The French league is very physical league but he looks like he’s in good nick,” Walcott told Arsenal Player.
“He reminds me a bit of Jermain Defoe in that he sees the target, shoots and scores.
“That’s what I’ve seen of him in little clips, so hopefully he can bring those attributes to the team. There’s loads of competition for places which is healthy as always, but we’re looking strong.”