Mesut Ozil admits he has to be ‘more selfish’ at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil is keen to improve his goal-scoring record for Arsenal by becoming more ruthless up front

Mesut Ozil has admitted that he wants to improve his goal-scoring record at Arsenal by becoming more selfish in front of goal.

The Germany playmaker has been in decent form for Arsene Wenger’s men so far this season but has often been accused of lacking ruthlessness in front of goal for the Gunners.

I think now and then I need to become a bit more selfish

Mesut Ozil

Ozil played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

And the World Cup winner has revealed that he is keen to improve his goal-scoring record for the north London club.

Ozil told Arsenal Player: “I want to score more goals than in the last two seasons and that’s my aim for this season. What’s important firstly is that we are successful as a team.

“That’s most crucial for us and as I said, for me it’s not just goals and assists that mean everything, what’s more important is that we’re successful as a team.”

He added: “I think now and then I need to become a bit more selfish – then I’d definitely score more goals.

“But I’m a player who thinks for the team first and not for my own needs and that’s why I will carry on to play the way I always do. I think that’s one of my distinguishing characteristics.”

Ozil has scored nine Premier League goals for Arsenal since joining the north London side from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

He will be expecting to feature when the Gunners travel to Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as they look to return to winning ways in the top flight.

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