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Arsenal are currently searching for a player who can be a worthy replacement for German midfielder and playmaker, Mesut Ozil who will be on his way out of the Emirates stadium next year.
Mesut Ozil is a player who makes lot of difference to the Gunners team through his assists and goals. There are very few players who possess the skills and qualities as the German star, among these players is Leon Goretzka.
Leon Goretzka just as Mesut Ozil, is a German player, this makes him Özil’s a good replacement because they both have the same football experience and mentality (Germany style of play).
Though young, Goretzka is a player with enviable qualities such as his versatility and strength.
Just as Ozil, he can comfortably play as a winger on either flank, or as an attacking midfielder through the centre of the pitch. He can also play the position of a playmaker.
Talking about Ozil’s vision, his ball control, movement, passing range,and accurate crossing ability; the 22-year-old player has all of them in his blood.
Unlike Mesut Ozil, Goretzka can also score goals with his head due to his height (6 feet 2 inches) and his high jumping ability which enables him to overcome defenders challenging him for balls.
Arsenal as a club lack the services of a creative playmaker whenever Ozil is injured or not in the starting lineup.
The presence of Goretzka who has a similar level of creativity as Ozil will definitely provide the needed goalscoring chances and pinpoint passes for the strikers to score goals, especially against defensive opponents.
Arsenal are also going to benefit more from him than what they enjoyed from Ozil because he often tracks back to help defenders whenever his team are defending unlike Ozil who rarely tracks back to protect his defenders.
For Arsenal to get the best from the youngster who plays for Shalke 04, they must sign him into the club as soon as January.
He canbe used during league cup matches and other similar fixtures to ease his way into the team and to understand Wenger’s style of play before the beginning of a new season or Ozil’s departure.
Goretzka is also a transfer target for Manchester City but at Arsenal, he is most likely to feature regularly.
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