After scoring one and making one in the 3-0 megafisting of Man Utd a couple of weeks back, Arsene Wenger has said that is the kind of contribution he expects from Mesut Ozil in the big games.
The Gunners travel to Watford this weekend, and the Arsenal manager is hoping his record signing can kick on from the performance against Louis van Gaal’s side.
“You want Mesut to score as well in a big game and he did that against Man United,” he said. “When you are an offensive player that is an important part of it. I believe there are goals in him and in that game he has shown it.
“You have to show that you can come into every game with that focus.”
It was the German’s first goal of the season, and it comes after Wenger challenged him before the season began to score more often.
Speaking about his role as the de facto number 10 back in August, he said, “I want more goals from him 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.”
One down, nine to go. But feel free to go beyond that if you like, mate. We’re cool with that.