Mesut Ozil admits there is certainly room for improvement ahead of his second season in north London, and building upon his experience from his first campaign.
The midfielder endured a mixed opening campaign since joining from Real Madrid last summer. He flew out of the blocks producing some exceptional performances, but faded around the festive period before suffering an injury that kept the 25-year-old sidelined for sometime.
He finished the season strongly however contributing to Arsenal securing Champions League qualification and winning their first trophy in nine years. Not to mention his exploits in Brazil added a cherry on top to a fine few months.
The Germany World Cup winner returned to Arsenal training this week after earning an extended summer break but is unlikely to feature in this weekends Premier League opener.
Despite receiving plenty of criticism last campaign Ozil insists he can build upon his experience from his first season in Arsenal colours and push on this term.
There is room for improvement in all departments. I need to have more shots at goal, and also improve my headers. The World Cup title was a great success, but it has to go on now.
I am looking forward to my second season in England, because I can also bring in my experience from my first season.
I feel great in England, even more so in London and especially at Arsenal. When things don’t run that smooth at times, there is criticism. Sometimes it’s fair, and sometimes it’s unfair.
But I can judge my performances very well – and I also know how the coach [Arsene Wenger] and the fans rate it.
Ozil feels the acquisition of the clubs new four faces will aid their title challenge this season however he is hoping they can avoid the injuries that plagued their past campaign.
Ozil also said:
It’s difficult in England. There are at least five teams competing for the title in the Premier League. But to me personally it’s clear: I want to have maximum success in every competition I play.
I’ve only been back with the team since Monday. But I believe that we have made good reinforcements. And I hope that those injury woes from last season do not continue.
Ozil may have had a mixed debut campaign but his raw class is clearly visible and the impact he makes in the side is sometimes subtle. His slick passing and movement is exceptional and he will be able to flourish with more speed in the side this season.
Alexis Sanchez is the most exciting signing and could be debating when he is unleashed by the pin-point German maestro. But as he said, Ozil still has aspects of his game he needs to improve.
His shooting is something that caused a little bit of frustration, he has the ability to finish but fails to pull the trigger when the opportunity presents itself. Certainly he shouldn’t be selfish, it’s about finding a balance and knowing when to unleash rather than look for the perfect pass in front of goal.
This season will be massive for the World Cup winner after demonstrating what he is capable of last campaign, while he worked exceptionally hard for the German national team in Brazil.