Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans about Alexandre Lacazette
The Arsenal star issues his backing for new Gunners signing Alexandre Lacazette
Mesut Ozil has vowed to help Arsenal’s new signing Alexandre Lacazette score as many goals as possible.
The France international put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the north London side on Wednesday to become the club’s record signing.
Indeed, Lacazette’s £52m price tag eclipsed Ozil’s £42.5m fee when the World Cup winner moved to Arsenal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2013.
The Arsenal midfielder will be tasked with helping the 26-year-old to find his feet in the Premier League given Ozil’s reputation for creating goals for his team-mates.
Lacazette scored 28 times in 31 games in Ligue 1 last season to underline his prolific reputation in France but now the challenge will be transferring his form to the Premier League.
However, Ozil is confident that the France striker will prove to be a successful addition to the Arsenal squad ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Ozil told Arsenal’s website.
“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.”
Ozil is still facing an uncertain future at the FA Cup winners after failing to agree a new deal with Arsenal.
The German playmaker has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract, prompting talk of a potential summer transfer.