The Gunners are in hunt of a new number 10 and want to offload Mesut Ozil
The former Gunners winger considers a playmaker he is currently working with at Ajax to be a better player than a World Cup winner in north London
Hakim Ziyech is “better than Mesut Ozil”, says Marc Overmars, but Arsenal have ignored the advice of a former star to offload a World Cup winner and raid Ajax for a player they could get for the half the price.
Transfer talk continues to rage around German playmaker Ozil in north London.
Plenty of questions have been asked of his value to the Arsenal cause and his suitability to the system favoured by Gunners boss Unai Emery.
Overmars, who once starred under Arsene Wenger in the Premier League, believes he has a solution to a transfer poser.
The Dutchman, who is currently director of football at Ajax, believes he is working with a player in Amsterdam who could prove to be a shrewd addition for Arsenal on a sporting and financial level.
Overmars told Voetbal International of Ziyech, who contributed 21 goals and 24 assists to the Ajax cause last season: “I am a bit surprised that it is still so quiet around Hakim.
“I think he has played better every year and his statistics are exceptionally good.
“Many clubs are increasingly looking at that. They look more at the numbers than at what he shows and what is happening around him.
“I think Hakim Ziyech is better than Mesut Ozil. I would tell Arsenal: sell him and you will get Hakim for half the price. But they didn’t listen to me. So it could just be that he stays with Ajax.”
Ziyech also netted 16 goals and assisted 13 in the Eredivisie this season and has attracted the attention of Arsenal as a result. Bayern Munich are also interested, while the 26-year-old has admirers in Spain. The player did express his desire to play for Arsenal in past.
Ajax may ask for a hefty fee for Ziyech. Arsenal may have to sell Ozil or Mkhitaryan to fund a move for the Moroccan international. Arsenal may have to offer more money to lure Ziyech because of no Champions League next season.