Ajax attacker Hakim Ziyech continued his and his side’s remarkable season with an impressive display and assist in the 1-0 Champions League semi-final first leg win against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night, and his display didn’t go unnoticed by Arsenal fans on Twitter.
The Morocco international took his tally of assists to 21 for the campaign after setting up Donny van de Beek for his first-half strike in north London, while he also has 20 goals to his name in 45 appearances in all competitions this term.
The 26-year-old will surely be attracting interest from some of the best clubs across Europe following such an impressive spell for the Eredivisie giants, who have taken a step closer to the Champions League final following Tuesday’s victory.
Meanwhile, it has been another tough season for the Gunners who may well be relying on winning the Europa League to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition next term, given they have suffered three successive Premier League defeats.
A lack of creativity – not helped by Mesut Ozil’s patchy form and struggle for starts – has hardly helped, and it could be an area Unai Emery takes a closer look at in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal supporters were clearly impressed with what they saw from Ziyech against their arch-rivals, believing that the African playmaker could be the ideal replacement for their Germany international.
One individual said “he would be the perfect heir to Mesut Ozil”, while another predicted that “Emery would love him”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
@Arsenal sell Ozil sign Ziyech
— Logan (@loganspeed7) April 30, 2019
this ziyech brudda… ozil pack ur bags
— ? (@MaIik10i) April 30, 2019
Ziyech could probably cut it at a big club. I’d really worry about Neres. I’d take Van De Beek too. Ozil and Ramsey replaced, right there.
— Mansoor Ahmad (@Mansoor98A) April 30, 2019
@Arsenal Please buy Hakim Ziyech he would be the perfect heir to Mesut Ozil
— Hakim (@OzilSZN_) April 30, 2019
Ziyech and Donny to replace Ramsey and Ozil plus another Winger , LB and CB please https://t.co/3ZVhizuZ8w
— Chin 守信 (@eduboy14) April 30, 2019
Ziyech is top quality mind – I’ve finally been convinced. I had my concerns about him being 26 and not ever leaving Holland, but his CL performances have proven he’s class.
£30m is a fair price. Would be our Ozil replacement. Emery would love him too, as would most managers tbf.
— ¥ (@p_ftbl) April 30, 2019
if we want to replace ozil, ziyech if your guy, would have been wenger's kinda guy, can play 10 but plays the wide playmaker role to an elite level.
— GoonAFC (@GunnerLDN3) April 30, 2019
Are you kidding me? We should be getting Ziyech to replace Ozil not Fornals who’s inconsistent and fighting relegation
— TheArsenalPanda (@panda_arsenal) May 1, 2019
Replace ozil with ziyech
— Hafiy (@FiyAzhar) May 1, 2019