Ozil ready to assist new boy Lacazette

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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.”

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Ólafur

“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.” Mmm, oh yeah, music to my ears.

Paul

For the next few seasons I hope.

Wenger.Darth

Ozil has something Sanchez has never had of. Loyalty. Fuck Sanchez

santori

No one is bigger than the club. Ultimately, Alexis is replaceable as good as he has been.

Wenger will likely add two to replace him. If we have Lacazette and either of Mahrez or Lemar, should replicate the Chileans work rate out left and goals.

BUt we should also keep Giroud if so (and if possible the Ox)

uncle D

Oil is trapped. No one wants him

Chippys chip

Zzzz

Jamie

Lacazette can be Mesut’s new Flam(e)ini

Mein Bergkampf

Imagine if tomorrow he just went “psyche” and handed in a transfer request.

Anonymarse

Rather not

goongot

……….cech….
…mustafi per kos…
bellerin………sead..
……..ramxhaka……
…..ozil…..lemar/mahrez/sanchez..
………lacazette…

antgoon

So how do you justify dropping Monreal for Sead?

goongot

well i am kinda always favoured towards new signings to start from day1

Johno

Monreal will be left CB / backup for Sead

BW9

Not sure about Per being considered the season favorite for central CB. I love the man but can he really do it for the whole season? I think I’d have Kos in the center and Chambers/Holding outside.

TweakinGooner

I like the look of that Mustafi.. he’s had a season to get used to the PL so why are we dumping our most expensive defensive signing so fast for chambers?..

FinsburyParkForrager

Chambers is also our second most expensive defensive signing ever!

JDizzle

I know that FA Cup appearance was only 1 game but jheeeze.. The guy was immense in a back 3. Stick him in for match day 1 based on that performance alone

goongot

per is like 32 with a good pre season which won’t be case with chambers/holding/mustafi and gabriel is still injured and also because i would like to see mert when teams are more aerial dominated instead of countering us..

Mike Hackett

Ok in theory until subs time and faster players come on, we now need to sub ourself to counter this rather than sub for an attack, id play mustafi kos holding at the back leaving mert free as sub as a fourth dc if we need to cling on and chambers can sort of deputise as emergency right side dedence

Chinaman

Koscielny in the centre with Monreal outside

Anonymarse

Per and Kos always worked pretty well in a 2. Might just be our best three, although we have plenty of options.

DB\'s first touch

Surely Montreal is still deserving of a spot in the starting XI

Damo Dinkum

Or at the very least, a spot in Canada.

Assistantref

Seems unsettled there though, might be angling for a move. Trouble settling due to language issues.

renaissancerosicky

Ace

Gooner

Doesn’t Mahrez only play on the right? Haven’t seen him on the left before

No way

He could theoretically play on the left but it wouldn’t really suit his attributes. I don’t see how he and ozil both play in the 343

Matt

Your formation can wake the dead from the grave

Rambozil

Interesting comparison to Defoe…the lad can score goals ey? what’s not to like? COYG

La Cazette with Zest and Zeal
La Cazette with Zest and Zeal

Another page in Walcott’s book, comparing our lead striker to Defoe.

Zino

Not being branded the most expensive player for Arsenal anymore (especially on his off days) may do a lot of good for Mesut. I like this situation more.

Toure motors

Fake news, he’s clearly winking in that picture

Chippys chip

And trying to smile

Loose_Cannon

Sounds like the kind of player we needed to bring in a couple seasons ago. A good signing, especially considering what United are paying for Lukaku

Zeus99xx

Hmm, Ozil needs to do something about that eye.

Foggy Bottom

Shots fired at Giroud.

La Cazette with Zest and Zeal
La Cazette with Zest and Zeal

Giroud needs wingers more than Ozil. All our wingers are better at other things than crosses.

Byekwaso

There’s nothing here

John

Mehsut, unterschreibe das ding!

danwilkie

Tl;Dr: I don’t really know who this guy is but I’ve heard he’s good

Gooneron

Laca New Assist

Gordy

What’s happened to Ozil’s eye?

Man Manny

Get Alexis to stay (new contract or not); get in one more midfielder and winger; and we are guaranteed CL football again in the very least, title challenge, and may be win it. I see City as the one team that may stand in the way. I have a feeling Chealsea will be weaker. United won’t be the much stronger. Totts? who knows the impact of new surroundings. Liverpool is yet to really do much bar Salah.
I’m pretty hopeful of a much better season from the Gunners.

Runzac

Alexis lost possession 656 times last season – led the EPL. Maybe the team benefits not paying him 350k a week for that

Cliff Bastin

The way Lacazette hammers the shite out of his shots from tight angles seemingly with full confidence that they’re going in slightly reminds me of the finishing of a certain Dutch striker who shall not be named.

rvp_cunt

You mean robin? Oops

Assistantref

Yeah he twats them in in a similar way, but doesn’t seem to be as much of a twat himself.

bazza_wicks

ozil will be like a kid in a sweet shop…. we may need to sell some players before we get Lemar still unsure will we stick with the three at he back could depend on who goes who stays, Ox looks like he wants more assurance of regular football not many clubs give them assurances, we have a problem of wanting to sell off players but clubs knowing they have one year left want them on the cheap and we want much more could end up being our down fall losing out on decent money or them staying to end there contracts will be a night mare that will deffo hold us back unless we loan them out still time for improvements early signs are good

Mpls

Looks like Punctuation’s off on a free.

We\'ve done it again

Even ozil knows we just signed someone we can at least call a striker. At least until he misses 3 sitters on matchday 1 and we completely hate him.

Gooner49

So sign up for what you’re worth and quit the Bullshit!

Big Mad Andy

I think right now I’m the happiest and most excited I’ve been this off season.

Dublin Ed

Careful. It’s the hope that kills ya.

Anonymarse

It is starting to look like we’ve got our shit together this year. Not too worried.

santori

Well if that isn’t a strong enough hint.

Its good for us to have him commit. He is by far still one of the best playmakers around and can still improve his game.

He’s started to show scoring ability and has worked harder this season when chips are down.

I sound a bit like a schoolmaster writing an end of year report on a student now.:D

BUT what an assetr to have in ANY team.

Again, he could have gone to several top teams before we signed him.

There is little appreciation amongst the usual spoilt Arsenal fans that it was a bit of a coup that we sealed him. Instead there was the usual moan about how late the business was and even utter trite about it being a panic buy by the usual pundits.

42.3m a panic buy for a man who refuses to buy when he doesn’t see any ‘value’ in the market? Please.

Fact is the business end doesn’t always fall in our control.

We had to wait for the Bale saga to conclude but it was clear we had done much ground work on the player himself with Metersecker in particular sent in to force some soft power on his fellow German before we could pull the trigger at the end.

It meant Wenger had a tough call mid summer to abandon the pursuit of Higuain to Napoli with the view in mind that Ozil could be available and having to keep money spare in case he had to fend off any competition at the very end.

This is a market not a supermarket.

Its not fixed price.

santori

I said before the summer that some of the Italian clubs will find new minted money from China to spend.

Now Inter apparently are in for Alexis.

With Bayern balking at the salary demand and China restricting/capping price on a heated domestic player market, options may be opening up for us to sell should we have to other than to City.

Maybe we should try and work a deal to sell plus have Kongdogbia in exchange for our midfield.

The Frenchman is still a little erratic but is still young and has a lot of the requisites we need in deep midfield :

Tall. Technically excellent with ball retention. Able to stride up field with ball at feet reminescent in some ways of Diaby.

He could add something to midfield where someone like Elneny is just numbers.

Interesting potential development.

At very least there may be an option for us to sell Alexis to but I think it looks 95% that the Chilean is going with Lacazette coming in (The pundits have as usual got it wrong focusing on Giroud)

To me, if Alexis is being difficult, sell him. Spend the money on Mahrez, get a deep midfielder, keep Giroud.

santori

One of the best providers of the ball and one of the most consistent finishers. Hmmm…Wenger is clearly clueless.

Rook

Who is with me on this one…. Sell Sanchez to city for £50m reinvest it on Aubumeyang.. He is a goal getter scored 31 league goals in BvB team less studded with stars than Bayern ahead of Lewandowski

ritabhash

Another striker?2-3 strikers in the playing XI doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence especially off the ball, considering Ozil is gonna be in the starting XI too.On the ball, pretty sure we’ll have a gala of a time but off the ball, its just gonna be a pileup

Rook

He can play on the flanks and as a side midfielder, like Sanchez and as an auxiliary striker That’s been Sanchezs’ role in the team only that Sanchez is more energetic than Aub but what he lacks in energy he can make up for on goals.

Donald opito

I like that,they guy wants to go and is over demanding by the way!what do we do?moreover is aged we should sell him and buy a young good guy than him.let him go where he can earn what it’s enough for him!

Chippys chip

Latest from metro is sanchez has said he wants city move. Gutted. 😭

PeteyB

my gosh, is Mesut having an aneurysm?

GunnerYY

Love it when Ozil make a play with Sanchez, they both know how to make a good pass and read each other movement very well. I hope Ozil can make more direct pass through the back with someone as clinical as Lacazette, i miss his godly pass when he played for Madrid.

Rwandan Gunner

Hehehe…Ozil sounding excited like all of us here. Just see how a new quality signing can morale boost fans and the players alike. So Ozil, sign please.

Gonzogunner

He’s better than Defoe has ever been.

Julianski

beIn Sports ran this story with the same quotes, but their headline was “MESUT OZIL ADMITS HE KNOWS VERY LITTLE OF ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE.” What a bunch of cunts.

Ausdrexler

Ozil appears to be a man of his word. This certainly suggests he is planning on staying which is excellent.
Fingers crossed he and Sanchez sign healthy new contracts and the team can then set about winning that title.

Samguns

He reminds me of Aguero

santori

Giles Grimandi going into overdrive.

Thomas Lemar still on the cards. Apparently (if to be believed which these days is plausible) 40m bid.

Certainly a nimble player again an option on left side like Mahrez and a move predicated by potential departure of Alexis.

As mentioned we will need two to cover for the Chilean. Lacazette is one (with goals and finishing) the other could be Mahrez (who is left footed) or Lemar more for the unpredictability factor and work rate on left side.

I think Alexis is as good as 95% gone. Inter been sniffing. I mentioned before summer they will have new spending power with Chinese owners and restrictions to spend in China’s domestic league coming in.

May be a good avenue as Bayern are balking at salary demand and leaves us more bargaining power in another option to City (which is not one we should like to pursue)

If to Inter, maybe we can bargain to throw Kongdogbia back our way for the midfield. He needs a bit of work shaping up positioning-wise but the requisites are there with height, strength and great technical ability to carry the ball up the middle.

santori

My hope :

…………………………………..Giroud/Welbeck…………………………………………..
Mahrez (or Lemar)/Jeff……….Ozil/Iwobi…………………………..Lacazette/The Ox
………………Granit/Coquelin……………Ramsey/Demirbay (or Kongdogbia)……..
Kolasinac/Monreal………………………………………………………Bellerin/Chambers
…………………Koscielny/Holding……..Mustafi/Gabriel………………………………..
…………………………………..Szsc/Cech…………………………………………………

Two for every position.

Santi and Per bonus.

And of course third choice keeper Martinez.

For 3-4-3….Lacazette up top, Ox as an option as right wing back.

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