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‘He knows I’m ice-cold in front of goal’

Even by Mesut Ozil’s lofty standards, it has been some start to the 2016/17 season.

The World Cup winner has scored seven times - including the first hat-trick of his senior career - as he arrows in on his most prolific campaign in England. 

Ozil is pleased with his form, and says that Arsene Wenger’s encouragement has helped him reach new heights.

“The manager wants me to score lots of goals,” he told Arsenal Player. “He sees in training that when I have a chance, the ball mostly goes in. 

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“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.

“Every year he comes to me says, 'You need to score more than 10 goals this season - that needs to be your aim because you have the quality'. I’m trying to take that on.”

 

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