Ian Wright thinks we’re now seeing the kind of form Arsenal bought Mesut Özil for, and he’d love to see the German stay at the club.
Wright was speaking on BBC Radio Five Live about the playmaker, who has been in fantastic form recently. He believes Arsenal are finally seeing his true quality on a more regular basis.
“It’s very hard to deal with at the moment. Simply because he’s in the kind of form that what we bought him for.
“Him to come in, (Alexis) Sanchez to come in and then build people around them. Ozil’s the kind of player you build a team around because when he’s playing like that he’s unbelievable.
“But it looks like Arsenal might lose him. I can’t see Ozil staying and I’d love to be proved wrong. What we’re seeing from him now is the kind of play that you want to see from him.”
The 54-year-old hasn’t always had the most positive things to say about the World Cup winner in general this season.
In September, Wright called Özil’s statement about criticism of the Arsenal team “laughable”. Then in October, he was reluctant to praise the former Real Madrid man’s performances, instead challenging him to do the same in big games.
But, finally, it seems like the 29-year-old has won him round. There’s no doubting who has been the star man for Arsenal in the last couple of months, with the weekend’s match against Newcastle a recent highlight. It’s good to hear that recognised.
However, it’ll all be for nothing if Wenger’s side don’t make it back into the Champions League this season, and the German refuses to sign a new contract.
Özil’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and Arsenal would be going backwards if they can’t get him to stay, for me. Hopefully having Gunners legends on side could help convince him to agree an extension.