Ray Parlour: Arsenal would struggle to create chances without these two players
The Arsenal legend highlights the importance of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to Arsene Wenger's side
Ray Parlour believes Arsenal would struggle to score goals without Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
The Gunners have lost their last two Premier League games on the road following defeats at Everton and title rivals Manchester City before their Boxing Day clash against West Bromwich Albion.
The north London side didn’t make the breakthrough until the 86th minute at the Emirates Stadium thanks to Olivier Giroud’s late winner after Ozil’s cross created the Frenchman’s goal.
The Germany international has scored five goals and has made three assists in 17 Premier League games this season to help the Gunners remain in the top four despite their recent run.
Alexis Sanchez is the second-highest goal-scorer in the Premier League following a return of 12 goals in 18 appearances in the English top flight in the 2016-17 campaign.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ after Arsenal’s 3-1 win against the Baggies, the club’s former midfielder Parlour highlighted how the Gunners would struggle without their big-name players.
“Ozil is a very influential player. I look at yesterday’s performance and it was something from Ozil or Sanchez that was going to change it,” Parlour said.
“I didn’t really see a lot else that was going to change the game. I thought Ozil or Sanchez had to do something special to win the game and Ozil put in the cross.”
Ozil moved to Arsenal in a £42.5m deal from La Liga outfit Real Madrid in August 2013.
Just under 12 months later, the Gunners signed Sanchez in a £35m transfer from Spanish champions Barcelona.