Arsene Wenger’s deadline day investment in Mesut Ozil is already paying huge goal dividends for Premier League-leaders Arsenal and 15/2 first-goalscorer odds about a player who has scored five times in his last five games for club and country have to be backed when Borussia Dortmund visit the Emirates.
With bwin’s money back special all losing first goalscorer, correct score, player to score two or more and player to score three or more bets will be refunded if Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud – who joined Ozil on the scoresheet last time out in the Champions League and has struck six times already this season – finds the back of the net against the Bundesliga side.
The hosts are 27/20 to make it three Group F wins out of three, with Dortmund 17/10 for the win and the draw 13/5.
Ozil is in the best goalscoring form of any Arsenal player, with three in his last three games for the club.
The midfielder’s startling record of assists was well trailed on his arrival in west London, with Real Madrid finishing off 13 of the 91 chances Ozil laid on in La Liga last season, but his own tally of nine goals in the Spanish top flight in 2012/13 was the joint-best return of his career.
In Ozil’s last few games for Arsenal he has shown how clinical in front of goal he can be, with an unstoppable opener in the 2-0 win over Napoli and two well-taken efforts against Norwich in the Premier League that capped a man-of-the-match display.
Against Napoli the Germany international scored with his only chance of the game.
Ozil’s first-time side-footer past Pepe Reina was his sole shot on goal against the Azzurri, although he did provide the assist for Giroud’s second with a classy flick of the boot seven minutes later.
The £42.5m man was the model of efficiency last time out at the Emirates against Chris Hughton’s side too, bagging a brace despite only being credited with three attempts on goal and nodding home his first header for the Gunners.
Mathieu Flamini’s injury could neutralise the goal threat of Aaron Ramsey.
Ramsey has scored nine times in 11 games for Arsenal this term, an amazing achievement in itself and even more so considering the 22-year-old’s best return over a season before now was four goals.
With Flamini injured Ramsey looks the likely candidate to drop deeper into midfield – as he did against Napoli at the Emirates – which could keep the Welsh star away from the goalscoring action and further increase Ozil’s chances of grabbing the opener from his favoured number ten spot.