The 28-year-old is enjoying a productive season thus far but he needs to maintain such standards to lead his team to glory, insists the ex-Liverpool defender
Mesut Ozil needs to continue scoring goals if Arsenal are to be successful this season, according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.
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The German international is in the best goalscoring form of his Arsenal career and already has seven for the season in all competitions.
But Carragher feels the 28-year-old needs to maintain that standard if the Gunners are to land silverware this season – with fierce rivals Tottenham visiting on Sunday.
“Ozil has received praise for the amount of assists he has contributed since he has been in the Premier League but what really puts a player in the spotlight is goals,” he wrote for the Daily Mail.
“If Arsenal are going to get to where Arsene Wenger wants them to be, Ozil will have to maintain his frequency.
“There could be no better place to keep up his record than against Tottenham.”
Ozil scored his first professional hat-trick against Ludogorets last month and followed that up with a stunning individual goal in a tie with the Bulgarian club on Tuesday night – an effort Carragher was in awe of.
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“Forget about the opposition, just marvel at the goal he scored against Ludogorets to complete Arsenal’s stunning comeback,” he said.
“People will ask ‘who was it against?’ and say the Ludogorets goalkeeper, Milan Borjan, was ‘Sunday League standard’. Well, even if he was Sunday League standard, to lob a keeper and pass the ball to yourself is a stunning piece of skill, but Ozil was not done.
“To then have the composure to let two defenders fly in on him — most defenders in the world would have done exactly the same to protect an open goal — but take another touch before rolling a shot in was magnificent. It was a moment befitting a £42.5 million player.”
Arsenal can top the Premier League table if they beat Mauricio Pochettino’s unbeaten Spurs at the Emirates Stadium.