Mesut Ozil: I need to be ‘a bit more selfish’

After arriving from Real Madrid in 2013 summer window, Ozil has managed to net 12 goals. The German international set up Oliver Giroud’s opener at Crystal Palace earlier this season, the playmaker explained that he “thinks of the team first”, but he hopes to improve his scoring rate in the coming games.

“I want to score more goals than in the last two seasons and that’s my aim for this season,” he told Arsenal Player. “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.

“My aim is to help the team and I’ll do all I can to achieve that. 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?’

“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.”