Former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard says Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is a striker’s dream and a player he would have loved to line up alongside, he told BT Sport on Wednesday night.
The German World Cup winner has been in the form of his life this season, proving exactly why the Gunners broke their club transfer record in order to bring him in from Real Madrid.
Ozil has an incredible assist record, with 12 in 14 league matches this season, including a record run of at least one assist in seven consecutive Premier League fixtures.
Commenting ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Olympiakos, Gerrard couldn’t speak highly enough of the German international and stated he would have loved to play alongside him.
“He’s a striker’s dream. I certainly would have loved to play with a player like him. His assist statistics are frightening and they are certainly going to need his quality tonight,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
The Gunners headed into their clash against the Greek champions without star player Alexis Sanchez, a factor which would have certainly piled more pressure on to Ozil.
Yet the 27-year-old stood up like any world class player would, providing penetrating passes through the middle and releasing the likes of Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell down the flanks.
It was a real team effort from Arsene Wenger’s side, with the defence solid throughout and striker Olivier Giroud leading the line brilliantly, scoring all three goals in a perfect performance.
But now they have to replicate that form in the Premier League, and if Ozil can maintain his scintillating form they have every chance of heading in to the New Year planted at the top of the table.