Arsenal’s signing of Mesut Ozil for £ 42 million from Real Madrid has been the talk of the town. This follows years of reluctance from Arsene Wenger to spend money on big name players, but he is starting to feel the difference of having a ready-made world-class player in the team. Ozil has been one of the crucial players for the club this season despite having moved to the Emirates only in the summer. He has been made along with midfielders like Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. Former Arsenal legend Ian Wright feels that the presence of the German has given the club an instant lift.
Wright was also one of the record signings for Arsenal his time. He was brought to the club for a record £ 2.5 million back in 1995. He proved that big-money signings need not fail, as he scored more than 120 goals during his time at the club. His opinion is that Ozil also created the same kind of impact that Dennis Bergkamp brought to the club when he signed a long time ago. In fact, the German has been compared with Bergkamp, who is regarded as an Arsenal legend, on numerous occasions.
Meanwhile, Wright also reserved praise for midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who has been in great goal scoring form this season.
“He’s lifted the whole place. I said for many years, and I got a lot of stick from Arsenal supporters, that when you bring world-class players in, it lifts people. They want to play better as well. When Dennis came, everyone lifted their game. It’s taken a while now but Wenger has done it. He’s brought somebody in and it’s lifted the club. Aaron Ramsey has to get a lot of credit, too,” said the striker.
Arsenal are top of the table after 10 matches in the season.
Arsenal have been interested in Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for the last few weeks and they have made an offer of £ 40 million for the player. They are just a few million pounds below the valuation of Liverpool, but the Merseyside club have stated that they do not want to sell their star player to Arsenal due to the domestic rivalry. Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has said that Suarez should stick with Liverpool rather than joining Arsenal. Suarez has made his desire to join Arsenal public because he wants to play in the Champions league.
Wright has said that he would welcome Suarez to Arsenal because he is a very good player, but he believes that staying at Liverpool represents the best decision for the 26-year-old. He has said that Suarez should give Liverpool at least another season to see whether they qualify for the Champions league or not. The Merseyside club has not been in this competition since 2009, and they seem to be consistently going backwards in the last few years. They finished seventh in the league last season and eight in the season before last.
Wright has also praised the approach by Arsenal to finally spend some money on established players rather than bringing in young players.
“I’d welcome him at Arsenal with open arms. But if I was Suarez, when you look at everything, it does seem strange he would want to go to Arsenal. I would give Liverpool another season. Arsenal finally realise they’ve got to get up there with the big boys otherwise they will be left behind. Suarez is a world-class striker and if he didn’t have all the baggage around him, I feel the Barcelonas, Real Madrids and Bayern Munichs would be sniffing around,” said the former Arsenal and England striker.