Redknapp: Ozil will get better but sensational signing is the real game-changer

Arsenal record signing backed to improve but key position needs addressing.

Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp has backed Arsenal's record signing to take his game to a new level next season.

Mesut Ozil has impressed in spells since his £42 million switch, but disappointed at others, and fans will hope for more consistency next season.

While still contributing five goals and nine assists in the Premier League this campaign, Redknapp argues that Ozil will get even better next season.

He attributes this not only to Ozil adjusting, but a likely improved squad of players around him, particularly with greater pace out wide - which will specifically be helped by Theo Walcott's return from injury.

He told SkySports: "I think we'll see more of Ozil next year. You get pace in the wide areas, he's as good as anybody in giving the ball where he needs to.

"I think Arsenal will come again next year and be stronger. But they do need to buy a sensational striker, but so do Chelsea, and there are not that many in the market."

It appears as though Chelsea are on the verge of winning the race for Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid, aiming to wrap up a deal ahead of the World Cup, leaving Jackson Martinez and Karim Benzema as two prime contenders for consideration this summer.

Ozil has experience of supplying Benzema from his Real Madrid days, and such an acquisition should just help the German international illustrate to his doubters why they were wrong to write him off.

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