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Arsenal Legend Gilberto Identifies Mesut Ozil Replacement Before He Leaves The Club



Gilberto Silva  believes Mikel Arteta  already has the solution to his problems, but he identified one player who would instantly improve their squad. The Gunners are in dire need of turning around results in the league having won just one of their last six fixtures.

They’ve slipped down to 14th in the table with a tough north London derby coming up this weekend against table-toppers Tottenham.

Attention has already switched to the January transfer window with Arteta keen to address their problems in front of goal.

An attacking midfielder appears to be the top priority with Emi Buendia reportedly among a list of targets.

Arsenal have lacked someone who can create chances for their forwards while also popping up with goals of their own.

But Gilberto, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Tottenham v Arsenal, believes there is a solution already at the club.

“If we want to talk about Mesut Ozil, then he’s actually the kind of playmaker that Arsenal really need,” he said.

“Arsenal need someone to come into the side and create chances – to give the ball to the forwards.

“I thought that player might have been Willian when he was brought in but he’s been playing out wide.

Ozil could be the type of player Arsenal actually need to sign.”

Ozil has been left out of both squads in the Premier League and Europa League with the midfielder expected to leave next year.

If Arsenal ultimately decide against giving Ozil another chance in the team, then Gilberto would like to see his former club splash big money on trying to sign Jack Grealish.

“I like Jack Grealish. I’ve spoken about him a lot. He has done an amazing job; he’d be a good fit for the team,” he added.

“If you see the way he plays, his ability and desire. He’s got quality, there is no doubt about that. He has been sensational this season.

“Good players are not cheap; this is the reality of football, but they make a huge impact.

“If the club decided in the future that they wanted to bring in a Jack Grealish, then they know it’s not going to be cheap. They’ll have to spend big.

“It’s not easy to find quality players at a good price; you have to understand the market very well and be at the front of a long list of many, many clubs who are all looking for similar players to improve their squads.”

Arsenal are looking to move on from Mesut Ozil next year with the midfielder’s contract expiring in the summer.



Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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