Arsenal's Mesut Ozil explains how he uses the element of surprise

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The German has also been enthusing about his ability to think quicker than the opponents.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed that he believes the element of surprise in his game has helped his success.

The German midfielder enjoyed an improved second season for the Gunners having joined in the summer of 2013, helping them to their second successive FA Cup triumph and an improved third-placed finish.

He was in particularly fine form during the 4-0 defeat of Aston Villa in the FA Cup final and has discussed what makes him so effective.

“Sometimes I see passes and other players might be surprised and wonder how I saw it,” he said.

“My aim is to have that surprise effect on the pitch and find gaps that only very few players can. When you have that surprise instinct on the pitch, it’s tough for the opposition to stop the passes.”

The World Cup winner became a key cog in the Gunners midfield last season, especially after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, as Arsenal became the Premier League’s in-form side during the second half of the campaign.

While his assists record is not currently up to the standards he set while starring at Real Madrid, he is still widely regarded as something of a pass master, and he feels he has a natural instinct that means he thinks faster than the opposition he is up against.

“I sometimes see spaces to pass into, because I’ve already thought about where my team-mates could run,” he added.

“I think the things that I sometimes see come from an instinct and you can’t really learn that, though you can work hard at passing. I spontaneously decide on what I’m going to do and maybe see spaces that other players don’t.”

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