Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil looking to become more explosive after injury

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The German is also determined to do his utmost to ensure his injury doesn't return next season.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has told the club’s official website that he is aiming to become quicker and more explosive following his injury this season.

The midfielder was just returning to form when he picked up a knee injury at the beginning of October, which saw him miss three months of the season as a result.

He subsequently returned for the second half of the season to cement his place in the side and become a key part of their fine run in the latter stages of the campaign as they secured a third place finish in the Premier League and a second successive FA Cup triumph.

And Ozil now says the injury has made him more 'robust' in general.

“I feel like I’m more robust now,” he said.

“I’m not going to the gym to get bigger muscles or to become stronger. It’s the opposite – I want to become quicker and more explosive. I can see on the pitch that it helps me and that’s the reason why I’ll carry on with it.”

The injury was obviously a frustrating one for manager Arsene Wenger after the German had excelled against Galatasary in the Champions League and domestically against Aston Villa.

It was also similarly frustrating for the player as he had to watch his side struggle from the sidelines, and he says he is doing his utmost to ensure the injury doesn’t return in the future by changing his diet and working harder in training.

“I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that my old injury doesn’t come back,” he added.

“I feel fresher on the pitch now. I would sometimes feel slightly more tired or have cramps but now I feel that changing my diet, doing extra sessions and having plenty of massages has really limited that.”

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