Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil can become a more regular scorer by being more selfish in front of goal.
The Germany international has scored five times in 27 games for Arsenal since joining from Real Madrid in September.
The 25-year-old also has 10 assists to his name, but Wenger would like to see him adjust his game slightly when a goalscoring situation arises.
"He’s not a guy who doesn’t care. His style can sometimes look like that but he’s really the opposite character. He cares about the game, he wants to do well and he needs more support"
“You want the guy who plays behind the striker to score some goals and sometimes he is too obsessed with making the perfect pass when he could take a shot at goal,” the manager said.
“[That will improve] by practising on it and convincing him by showing him situations where he can shoot more. He will do that.
“The problem is that we are not practising much at the moment because we are playing every three days. We used to be able to prepare with everybody together but the problem today is that you cannot practice any more.
“During the season, we play every three days. After that they go to the World Cup. When they come back they have just one week before they are playing again. You can never improve on the training pitch.”
While Wenger admits that much is expected of Ozil, he says the Club’s record signing can take it in his stride.
“He feels the pressure of course because he knows a lot is expected when you are a big transfer like that,” he said. “There is a big expectation level but he shouldn’t worry about that, just play in the team, enjoy it and give his best. That’s the best way to deal with it.
“But you must say he doesn’t come from a small club. He comes from Real Madrid where the pressure is always huge as well - so he’s used to it.
“He needs understanding. He’s not a guy who doesn’t care. His style can sometimes look like that but he’s really the opposite character. He cares about the game, he wants to do well and he needs more support.”
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