I'm very proud of this statistic, says Arsenal star Ozil

Mesut Ozil says that he is very proud of the amount of assists he has created since joining Arsenal.

Mesut Ozil says that he is very proud to have created 13 assists for his teammates since signing for Arsenal.

The German creator's performances have been heavily scrutinised since he completed a move to the Emirates from Real Madrid last summer, with many feeling he has failed to live up to expectations so far.

However, Ozil's assist record belies this fact and the Gunners' star says that the fact he has been able to make so many chances for his teammates since moving to North-London makes him very satisfied.

“I’m very proud [of my assist record],” Ozil said to the club's official site. "Often there is a lot of talk or a lot written about goals and not necessarily about who has given the assist, which is normal. But you can’t forget that the assists are just as important as goals.

“But it doesn’t matter who sets up the goal or who scores it, the most important thing is that we are successful as a team. I’m a player who doesn’t score that many goals but gives a lot more assists.

“Of course my aims this season are to score lots of goals and provide many assists to help the team. I’m positive that I can do that because I have the potential and the faith of the coach.”

Arsenal are expected to make a title bid this season and Ozil will be pivotal to defining whether this is successful or not.

The German World Cup winner's arrival at the Emirates last summer was the moment where Arsene Wenger's financial prudence finally stopped and they have strengthened again during the latest transfer window.

The signings of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Calum Chambers have added a lot of quality and depth to the side and there is a an expectation that they will be able to put up a better challenge than they have managed in many years this campaign. 

Ozil should be able to thrive in the team which has such explosive pace, too. The likes of Welbeck, Sanchez and Theo Walcott, who is yet to return from injury, should be able to make space for the 25-year-old to showcase his skills.

There can be no questioning Ozil's quality but, despite his credible assist ratio, there have been games where he has appeared light-weight and on the periphery and there is a feeling that more could be to come from the £40 million man. 

If it is, he will be looking to show it soon and his first chance will come this weekend when the Gunners take on Manchester City.

If Arsenal can win the match it will send a statement to the rest of the league and confirm their status as one of the favourites to take the title. 

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