Mesut Özil is a truly world class player, but he isn’t known for his goalscoring prowess. The World Cup winner claims he wants to improve his tally this season, although insists the success of the team remains the most important thing, as reported by Arsenal.com.
Özil is the assist king, and is known for the huge number of chances he creates. The fact that we aren’t converting at the moment is a bit of a problem, but that doesn’t detract from his quality.
He certainly needs to work on his finishing though, and given the positions he often finds himself in he really should score more.
There have been far too many occasions when the German star has been put through on goal, and has looked for the cutback instead of shooting – clearly this is something he recognises and wishes to change.
“I want to score more goals than in the last two seasons and that’s my aim for this season,” he told Arsenal Player.
“What’s important firstly is that we are successful as a team.
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“That’s most crucial for us and as I said, for me it’s not just goals and assists that mean everything, what’s more important is that we’re successful as a team.
“My aim is to help the team and I’ll do all I can to achieve that. In truth I’m more the sort of player who doesn’t really go for goal, I tend to look for my team-mates and think, ‘Can I play this pass?’
“I think now and then I need to become a bit more selfish – then I’d definitely score more goals.
“But I’m a player who thinks for the team first and not for my own needs and that’s why I will carry on to play the way I always do. I think that’s one of my distinguishing characteristics.”
Arsene Wenger’s philosophy relies on our midifielders scoring plenty of goals, as the manager looks to spread the burden across the team rather than relying on one player.
Özil has looked far more settled and comfortable in the league since returning from his injury last season, so hopefully he can rise to the challenge he has set himself.
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We shouldn’t be expecting huge numbers from the man who has scored just 12 goals since his arrival in 2013, but he is clearly capable of much, much more.