Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour insists the best is yet come from Mesut Özil, despite his transformational effect on the Gunners in his maiden season.
Özil cost the Gunners a club-record fee of £42.4m on deadline day in the summer transfer window and while the German has impressed, there has been the odd murmur of discontent at some of his performances, given the extortionate price tag.
Most of the voices have been external, with Arsenal fans coming to see the German as a cult hero and the catalyst for a concerted title challenge which has lasted well into the New Year.
And, as such, Parlour is convinced Özil's form will improve as a result of his first season in English football.
“Mesut Özil will be a frightening prospect once he has completely settled into the team”, the former Gunners midfielder told The London Evening Standard.
“I think his best is yet to come. It says something when the likes of Ronaldo at Real Madrid were sad to see him leave because of the number of goals he set up there. He’s still learning about English football but when we see the best of Özil he will be absolutely frightening.”
Parlour - who is endearingly known as the Real Romford Pele to the Emirates Stadium faithful - also feels Kim Källström's addition could prove to be a vital bit of business by Arsene Wenger, despite the midfielder's injury woes.
He added: “This is a crucial time of the season with games coming thick and fast. You need extra bodies now. Arsene Wenger knew the gamble he was making and has made sure that Arsenal only have to pay half his wages until he’s fit - once he is fit I think he will be a good singing for the club.”
“Kallström has got experience and can also help the younger players in the squad. When the pressure kicks in with eight games to go, every single point is important and experienced players like him can help players like Wilshere.”
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