Arsene Wenger has, more than once since his arrival at the club, said that Mesut Ozil was a player more than capable of getting well into double figures when it comes to his goal scoring.
With 7 to his name already this campaign, he’s well on his way to beating his season best total of 8 – something he’s achieved twice since his 2013 arrival.
And his recent form in front of goal is no surprise to the Arsenal manager as he looks to the German international to continue that in the North London derby on Sunday.
“I convinced him that he has it in his locker to score goals,” he said.
“He was more focused on giving and looking. Today he understands he can have those qualities but as well be on the end of things.
“The timing of his runs is good. In training I noticed he is a very good finisher. When you have that in your locker you have to try to get it out. Slowly, he now realises that.
“Now he makes more runs to score goals. On top of that he has a fantastic attribute of a guy who is a good finisher – he is calm. You notice all the finishers are killers.
“That means they keep their nerve in front of goal and he has that.”
The Frenchman believes his physical improvement is also playing a part.
“He left some people sceptical – saying he didn’t go too much into challenges or tough contact.
“He’s a player who is more a guy whose strength is to get out of things but on the physical front I believe he’s improved as well.”
Let’s hope he can do it on Sunday.