Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed that extra shooting practice after training sessions has helped him improve his composure and gain confidence in front of the goal. The German international has scored one and assisted 10 in the league thus far and has taken his team to second spot on the league table, level on points with leaders Manchester City.
However, Arsene Wenger wants the former Real Madrid man to add to his goal tally and Ozil has revealed that he is working hard off the pitch to act on that request. The midfielder has not had too many gilt-edged chances to act on this season, but the one he had against Manchester United, he put it away with aplomb.
His lack of goals are yet to affect the team, with Ozil becoming the first player in Europe to reach double figures in terms of assists after he floated in a brilliant ball for Kieran Gibbs last weekend in the north London derby, who slotted in the equaliser and saved Arsenal the blushes. The former Werder Bremen man believes that he is on course to act on his manager's request and aims to improve his number of goals from previous seasons.
"After training there are a few shooting drills that can help with self-belief," Ozil told Arsenal's official website. "In general, when you look at my chances in front of goal, I've taken them well.
"Every player wants to score goals. I'm intending to score more this season than in previous years. It's most important for us to perform well and to be successful - I'm looking forward to giving assists or scoring goals.My aim is to score more goals this season than in the last two. I think I'm on a good path and will achieve that," he added.
The midfielder has been left out of Germany's squad for the international break, with manager Joachim Low wanting him to take some rest given the amount of games he has had to play for Arsenal so far.