The 25 year old signed from Real Madrid for a club record £42 million last summer and went on to make 25 Premier League appearances scoring 5 goals in the process, but has faced severe criticism for his performances from pundits and some fans.
The German international, who managed to contribute 13 assists last season, wants to remind his critics that those who provide goals are just as important as those who score them.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
I’m very proud [of my assist record]. Often there is a lot of talk or a lot written about goals and not necessarily about who has given the assist, which is normal. But you can’t forget that the assists are just as important as goals.
But it doesn’t matter who sets up the goal or who scores it, the most important thing is that we are successful as a team. I’m a player who doesn’t score that many goals but gives a lot more assists.
Of course my aims this season are to score lots of goals and provide many assists to help the team. I’m positive that I can do that because I have the potential and the faith of the coach.
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I’m so proud to play for a club with so many fans but my goal is firstly to help the team on the pitch and I do that.
What’s most important for me is what the boss thinks of me. He gives me his trust and he knows the potential I have. I’m just thankful that he’s given me his faith and I think that if he says I play intelligently, then he’s probably right!
The German has struggled to produce his best form at the Emirates Stadium, leading to criticism from fans. Having had a full season to settle in and adjust to life in England, this was expected to be the season in which the Premier League would finally see the best of Ozil. He has struggled to make a consistent impact in his three performances this term, however there have been glimpses of his class.
With the purchases of both Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, the Gunners have the opportunity to switch gears and finally use Ozil the proper way. Giroud is out until at least the new year, so the new forwards will be called upon to fill the striker void and looking at the above potential deployment, Arsenal are in a far better position to play quick, incisive and penetrative football. A system that the play-maker has a proven track record in.
With Welbeck leading the line and Sanchez on the flanks, not only would they break forward with pace to give the opposition defense a headache, but it also gives the German that extra bit of space any creative player needs. He will be hoping to make an impact tomorrow, when the Gunners host the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
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