Ian Wright says Arsenal need young version of this Premier League striker to make most of Mesut Ozil

Ian Wright

The former Gunners striker says a player in the mould of Jermain Defoe in his younger days would score 30 goals a season in front of the German.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has claimed that the club need to sign a striker in the mould of a young Jermain Defoe to benefit from the class of Mesut Ozil, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.

Ozil has been one of the best creators of goals in the Premier League since his £42.5 million move from Real Madrid in 2013, recording 32 assists in 77 appearances in the competition.

However, Arsenal's strikers have been unable to make the most of the World Cup-winner's creativity this season, with top scorer Olivier Giroud netting just 12 times.

  PositionTeamGoal AssistBig Chance CreatedBig Chance Created GAMEAccurate Pass GAMEFwd Pass GAMETouches GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Mesut Özil MF Arsenal 32 36 0.47 55.22 17.69 81.73 77 6,527

Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe, who has scored 250 goals in 602 games in his professional career, is continuing to show a lethal touch and has netted 15 times in 28 appearances for relegation battlers Sunderland this season at the age of 33.

Defoe was particularly prolific during his days at West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur earlier in his career, and Wright believes that if Arsenal had a striker similar to the former England international in his prime, that player could score 30 goals a season with Ozil supplying him.

The 52-year-old said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard: "[Ozil] knows the striker is making a run and that type of player is how Dennis Bergkamp was, you make the run and the ball will appear.

"When you look at his stats if they did have Harry Kane or Anthony Martial or even Marcus Rashford - if they had someone like that, more clinical, someone who would get on the end of things, someone like a young Jermain Defoe, with Ozil you’re talking 30 goals a season."

Arsenal have scored fewer goals than any other top-four side this season and only one more than 12th-placed Everton, and some pundits have attributed their failure to sustain a serious title challenge to a lack of a prolific goalscorer.

There is promise, however, with Danny Welbeck having scored four times in 10 appearances since returning from long-term injury in February and now appears to have usurped Giroud as Arsene Wenger's first-choice striker.

The England man is expected to continue in attack as the Gunners take on high-flying West Ham United at Upton Park this weekend.

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