Mesut Ozil is “very proud” of the number of assists he has made since arriving at Arsenal - but he's determined to add more goals to his game.
The Germany international claimed 13 assists in all competitions in his first season in England, and scored seven times.
The 25-year-old is satisfied with his contribution so far and is confident of making an even bigger impact this term.
"You can’t forget that the assists are just as important as goals"
“I’m very proud [of my assist record],” Ozil told Arsenal Player. “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.”
Arsene Wenger recently praised Ozil, saying “everything he does is intelligent”, and the German says it is a big boost to know the manager is behind him.
“I’m not so sure about the praise. You always have to deliver on the pitch,” responded Ozil. “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!”
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