Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ozil Eager to Link Up with Striker 'Ice Cold Alex'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ozil Eager to Link Up with Striker 'Ice Cold Alex'

Article excerpt

MESUT Ozil cannot wait to start providing the ammunition for "ice cold" Alexandre Lacazette to help fire Arsenal towards Premier League glory next season.

The 26-year-old's protracted transfer from home-town club Lyon was finally confirmed on Wednesday.

The deal is understood to be a clubrecord fee which surpasses the PS42.4million paid to Real Madrid for Ozil in 2013, and could end up as high as PS52million.

Lacazette plundered some 37 goals in all competitions during the last campaign and revealed linking up with the likes of German playmaker Ozil and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez was one of the major attractions to joining the Gunners, who will be competing in the Europa League next season having missed out on the top four.

Ozil, whose own future remains the subject of speculation with only a year left on his current contract, is relishing the opportunity to create chances for such a clinical finisher, having set up some 42 Premier League goals since moving from Spain. …

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