Arsenal star Mesut Ozil to become more selfish in effort to increase goal tally

The German is aiming to score more goals but says success as a team is more important than anything else.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he needs to become more 'selfish' in an effort to improve his goal tally.

The Germany star has only scored 12 times since joining the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013, a somewhat disappointing return from someone who plays such a vital role in the side.

He is not known for being a goalscorer, though, after only scoring 19 goals in 105 league games for the Spanish giants prior to his move to England. Instead, his strength is setting up goals for his teammates, but he says he will be looking to improve his return in the coming months.

“I think now and then I need to become a bit more selfish - then I’d definitely score more goals,” he told

“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.”

Success as a team the most important goal

His third season at Arsenal could arguably be Ozil's best at the Emirates, with him having suffered after the World Cup last summer - after helping Germany to global glory - but finding himself free of any such distractions this time around.

And while he is targeting an improved goal tally, he says helping that the team to be successful as a collective is more important than personal accolades.

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

“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.”

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