Uh-oh… Ozil sets personal targets at Arsenal

The German playmaker acknowledges his extraordinary assist statistics but wants to raise other parts of his game.

'I don't want to praise myself too much but I think my statistics are good,' Arsenal's marquee summer signing Mesut Ozil understated on his official Twitter account recently.

Last season alone, he provided a chance once every 22 minutes, which is greater than the Premier League's best creators such as David Silva (one every 24 minutes), Juan Mata (29mins), Leighton Baines (29mins), Luis Suarez (33mins), Steven Gerrard (34mins) and Santi Cazorla (34mins).

Ozil, in La Liga action alone, returned 13 assists (one per 156 minutes), which again, was greater than anyone participating in the Premier League in the same season including Mata (12 assists, one per 229 mins), Eden Hazard (11 assists, one per 240 minutes) and Rooney (ten assists, one per 202 minutes).

See also: Bergkamp lifts lid on 'childish' fallings out with Wenger

See also: Arsenal fans react to League Cup young guns on Twitter

The 24-year-old's statistics are not just good, as the player himself puts it, they're the best in the country, however, what may strike fear into the oppositions this season is that Ozil has set himself a personal target of not just upping his assist returns, but improving his overall goal-scoring.

'I would like to score more goals,' Ozil, who possessed a one goal per six game strike rate in La Liga, added.

When Ozil arrived at Arsenal, comparisons were made to club icon Dennis Bergkamp, who returned 39 goals in his first 90 Premier League appearances. Should Ozil up his own goal stats then the Gunners may well have another legend-in-the-making on their hands…

image: © Ronnie MAcdonald

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch