Ozil recorded 19 assists last season.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil likes Instagram post criticising Olivier Giroud

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Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud have enjoyed differing fortunes for Arsenal this season.

Where the Germany international is concerned, six goals and 19 assists is a fine return and one that saw him voted Player of the Season.

As for Giroud, a dismal run of form since the turn of the new year saw the France international dethroned as Arsenal's number one striker and become the subject of criticism amongst the club's fans.


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A hat-trick against Aston Villa on the final day took his tally for the season to a respectable 16 league goals yet the issue remains that Giroud isn't the world-class striker Arsenal need if they're to taste Premier League glory.

And it appears Ozil thinks the very same if the last Instagram post he liked is anything to go by (see below).

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It would be easy to understand any frustration Ozil has, of course, considering how close he came to eclipsing Thierry Henry's record of 20 Premier League assists in one campaign.

In late April with three games remaining, it was revealed the German had created a record 137 chances for his Arsenal teammates, surpassing Frank Lampard's 2008/09 haul of 134.

Put simply, Ozil was let down by Giroud and co.'s inability to find the back of the net.


There's reason to be positive for Arsenal, though, after securing second in the Premier League for the first time since 2005.

In doing so, they guaranteed Champions League football for yet another campaign and in turn might have convinced Ozil and Alexis Sanchez of staying.

The pair have been rumoured with moves away in recent weeks but after pictures emerged of Granit Xhaka in an Arsenal shirt, it appears Arsene Wenger is willing to appease his star duo's demands to sign top quality players this summer.

Bringing in a world-class finisher is of the utmost importance, though.


Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott managed a paltry 25 league goals between them last season - a total expected from a striker spearheading a title-winning side's attack.

Alvaro Morata has been linked with a £51 million move to north London in recent weeks, whilst rumours also suggest the Gunners are interested in Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

One way or another, Arsenal need a centre forward capable of consistently hitting the 20-goal mark.

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