Five strikers who would help Ozil flourish at Arsenal

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Olivier Giroud's lack of movement has been suggested as a reason for Mesut Ozil struggling.

Mesut Ozil has been struggling in Arsenal colours and one of the suggested reasons for his plight is the lack of movement created by Olivier Giroud in the Arsenal attack.

Ozil is the sort of creative and attacking midfielder who thrives on being able to setup chances and utilise space in and around the top of Arsenal’s midfield.

We’ve taken a look at five reported targets the club have been, and in some cases still are, linked with to see which sorts of forwards could get the most out of Arsenal’s German star.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Suarez is a striker Arsenal tried to sign twice last summer and a forward noted for the busy way he works up front. He can spread all over an opposition defence like a rash making different runs and occupying different players.

The problem for Arsenal is that Suarez signed a new deal to stay at Liverpool earlier this season, which means unless the Gunners make a world record off for him, he won’t be going anywhere.

Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)

Costa would be a cheaper option at £32 million, which is the value of the buy out clause in his current Atletico Madrid contract.

He’s produced 20 goals in 23 La Liga games as Atletico have maintained a position near the top of the table. That suggests he’s capable of the sort of movement Ozil would be looking for and he’s one of the more available options for Arsenal.

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Rooney has been mentioned as an Arsenal target and if he doesn’t sign a new deal with Manchester United then the move could be on.

Rooney is a much more mobile and proactive striker than several give him credit for. He can play at the top of the attack, down either side of the attack and he can drop into the midfield.

The stumbling block here is the likely reluctance United have when it comes to selling to a main Premier League rival.

Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)

Figures of between £55-60 million have been mentioned for the Uruguayan PSG star.

He’s a striker who very much presses the defence, looking for gaps in between defenders which will allow him to run in behind a defence and exploit space.

He doesn’t stick to one centre back and will often switch between defensive players if you closely watch him during a PSG game. That creates pockets of space for himself and his teammates to exploit.

Mario Balotelli (AC Milan)

Balotelli is similar to Cavani in the respect that he doesn’t like to do a lot of hard work in front of a defence.

He’s another forward who likes to play on the shoulder of a defender and the only times you’ll see him dropping off are when obvious pockets of space open up which allow him to get on the ball, turn and shoot.

The thing stopping an Arsenal move is his attitude, which sometimes gets him into trouble on and off the pitch plus the fact he’s stated no obvious desire to come back to the Premier League.

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