By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mesut Ozil has set himself the target of scoring at least eight goals this season.
Arsenal’s in-form playmaker has revealed he wants to beat his previous best haul for the club, which was seven in his 2013-14 debut campaign.
The German has been one of the Gunners’ key performers this season, setting a new Premier League record of supplying assists in six consecutive matches.
But Ozil, whose haul of 10 league assists this season is three more than any other player in Europe’s five major leagues, wants to be more than just a creator of goals.
“Every player wants to score goals,” explained Ozil, who has scored twice in the current campaign. “I’m intending to score more this season than in previous years. It’s most important for us to perform well and to be successful – I’m looking forward to giving assists or scoring goals.
“My aim is to score more goals this season than in the last two. I think I’m on a good path and will achieve that.”
Arsenal’s £40million record signing also told reporters about the reasons behind his improvement this season.
“After training there are a few shooting drills that can help with self-belief,” Ozil said. “In general, when you look at my chances in front of goal, I’ve taken them well.”
Speaking about his favourite moment of the season, the German picked out his first-half strike in the team’s landmark 3-0 win over Manchester United last month.
“It all happened quickly,” he said. “The move was really fast and when Theo [Walcott] played the ball back to me, I saw the gap in the corner and put it there.
“For me it was very good, it was a very positive game because I scored a goal and gave an assist. It was a special afternoon for me.”