France international striker Olivier Giroud has singled out his Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil as the danger-man ahead of tonight’s Euro 2016 semi-final.
The 29-year-old told the Mirror that Les Blues will need to put a stop to Germany’s Ozil if they are to advance to the final.
“Our record against Germany is something we’re going to have to change because they’re a bit like our bogey side,” the Mirror quotes Giroud as saying.
“Ozil is a very talented player in terms of his passing and his vision for Arsenal and for Germany. He likes to drift between the lines so you have to keep an eye on him. We will have to stop him.”
Ozil starred during Germany’s quarter-finals win over Italy last weekend. The 27-year-old scored his sides only goal against Antonio Conte’s side in regulation time.
However, the Arsenal playmaker fell short when it was his turn to score in the penalty shoot out as he missed. Ozil has now missed both his penalty efforts at Euro 2016 and four of his last five penalties for club and country.
The former Real Madrid man racked up 19 assists during Arsenal’s Premier League season and was just one assist off equalling the record set by Thierry Henry.
Germany are unbeaten in their five Euro 2016 games so far and will take on Portugal in the final if they can get past the host’s France.