Mesut Ozil says he needs to be more selfish if he wants to score more goals for Arsenal, but says that his team ethic means he’s almost always looking for a teammate in a better position than he is.
Since joining in August 2013, the German international has netted 12 times for the club, but Arsene Wenger spoke this month about him making a more significant goalscoring contribution this season.
“I want more goals from him,” he said, because he plays in that position and he is a good finisher, but he does not take enough chances when he is in the position when he can finish.
“He is conscious of it and he wants to do it now, so I am confident of that. I believe he is in positions where he can finish better and we want from him 10 goals per season.”
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the former Real Madrid man admitted he’d have to be more selfish in front of goal to do that, something which doesn’t exactly come naturally to him.
“I think now and then I need to become a bit more selfish,” he said, “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.
“In truth I’m more the sort of player who doesn’t really go for goal, I tend to look for my team-mates and think, ‘Can I play this pass?’
However, while admitting the success of the team is his first priority, he said, “I want to score more goals than in the last two seasons and that’s my aim for this season.”
Saturday hat-trick would nice Mesut, cheers.