I’m proud of my assists! Mesut Ozil defends his Arsenal goal-scoring record
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil insists he makes up for a lack of goals by producing a lot of assists for team-mates
Mesut Ozil has defended his Arsenal goal-scoring record since joining north London club last year.
The Germany international scored seven goals and made 13 assists in 39 appearances in all competitions following his club-record £42.5m switch to Arsenal.
You can’t forget that the assists are just as important as goals
The former Real Madrid man was criticised for struggling to recapture his early-season form as the 25-year-old looked fatigued in the latter part of the campaign.
And Ozil, who was part of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad this summer, is hoping to improve his goal record for Arsene Wenger’s side in his second season in the Premier League.
“I’m very proud [of my assist record],” Ozil told Arsenal’s website.
“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.”