Would securing Mesut Özil on a new deal be Arsenal's most important signing?
Arsenal are hoping that star Mesut Özil will be signing a new deal in the next few weeks, according to several news outlets including the Mirror.
The attacking midfielder’s contract runs until 2018, but it is reported in the Mirror that Özil is happy and set to sign a new mega deal eventually, with perks including attaining the number ten shirt.
With the player entering his fourth season at the Emirates, last year’s top assister has become an integral part of the club and securing his services for the next few years will be a major step in the right direction.
Since his move from Real Madrid for over £40 million, Özil has been a regular in the Arsenal set-up. 19 assists in the Premier League last season saw him only one away from Thierry Henry’s record of 20, and took Arsenal into second place in the League. If Özil was to perform to that standard again this season with a new-look attacking triumvirate of Alexis, Giroud and Perez at the club, the German’s services to them could be a lot more rewarding.
The signs are that the 27-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. 12 chances created in six games suggests that the German will stock up once again on assists, and he also has a 91% pass completion rate. It is clear that where he excels is his ability to pick a pass and perhaps there is no-one in world football who could replace him, in terms of finding a team-mate at the right place and the right time.
The play-maker created 144 chances for his team-mates last term, which was a million miles ahead of the amount created by both Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, with 81 and 66 respectively. While Özil has started slightly slower than De Bruyne this season, the signs are all there that he will soon be nearing the top of all the charts.
Özil also has two goals to his name already this season, a much better start to his scoring record. Last campaign, he only got a total of six, and with Arsene Wenger suggesting that Özil needs to hit the back of the net on a more frequent basis, this will be a welcome stat. His performance on Saturday suggested that with his ability to find a pass more assists will come, but also that he is now willing to find the space to score the goals. His goal, the third for Arsenal on the day, showed his desire and composure.
While it may take a fair bit of money to secure Özil for the next few years, if Arsenal want to keep challenging there is no doubt they will need the play-maker. In terms of stats, there is no-one out there who Arsenal could realistically replace him with and get what he does. Everybody wants a new signing, but what Arsenal need to make sure the most right now, is that they don’t need a new signing to replace Mesut Özil.
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