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EPL 2016/17: Arsene Wenger tells me to score more often, says Mesut Ozil

The 28-year old has been one of the star performers for Arsenal since he joined the London team from Real Madrid.

News 10 Nov 2016, 19:50 IST
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Ozil is one of Wenger’s first names of the team sheet

Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil has said that his club manager Arsene Wenger has urged him to score more goals this season. The 28-year-old midfielder has scored 7 goals in all competitions so far, with 3 of those coming in the Premier League. 

Ozil will be looking to register more goals this season with the backing of his manager Arsene Wenger. The midfielder was the most effective creator in the Premier League last season having assisted 19 goals in 35 appearances.

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The German has the tendency to set up his teammates for goals rather than netting them himself when he is in a goalscoring position, but Wenger has advised him to focus more on hitting the target than creating goals this season.

"The manager wants me to score lots of goals," Ozil told the Arsenal website. "He sees in training that when I have a chance, the ball mostly goes in. When we train on finishing, he sees that I score lots of goals. He knows that I'm ice cold in front of goal and he wants to see that in matches.

"I'm doing that now - I go forward and, while I haven't changed my game, I'm focusing on scoring goals myself too.

The Arsenal manager has challenged Ozil to score more than 10 goals this season, "Every year he comes to me says, 'You need to score more than ten goals this season - that needs to be your aim because you have the quality.' I’m trying to take that on," said the German midfielder.

The 28-year old has been one of the star performers for Arsenal since he joined the London team for £42.5million pounds from Real Madrid back in 2013. Ozil has made 34 assists and scored 27 goals in 130 appearances for the club in all competitions so far and is one of the best playmakers in the English Premier League at the moment.

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Arsenal have lacked a world class striker for a while now and have tried their luck in the summer transfer window to sign players like Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Gonzalo Higuain.

Unfortunately for Wenger and Arsenal, some of these players found other destinations while others stayed at their clubs and extended their contracts.

But things are looking good for Arsenal at the moment, with Olivier Giroud returning and Arsenal sitting in 4th place, just two points off the 1st position in the Premier League table.

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