Arsenal's key man making an effort to improve body language

Mesut Özil scored in Arsenal's 3-3 draw with West Ham United on Saturday.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Arsenal's star man Mesut Özil is trying to address his poor body language in an effort to let the Gunners faithful know that he still cares.

The German play-maker has been in line for heavy criticism in the past for not being up for the fight, and he told the Evening Standard it is something he is working on:

“My goal is to make sure my body language is right. It is more for the fans, the people who watch the game, [rather than team-mates], because they might think that I’m not fighting anymore.”

Despite his slow start in English football, Özil has started to justify his hefty price-tag with a string of fine displays this season. 

In 30 Premier league appearances for the North London club he has scored six goals and registered 18 assists - just two short of the record set by Thierry Henry.

His attitude has come into question in games against the bigger clubs, where he influence on the contest seems to diminish.

Germany coach Joachim Loew spoke of the need for Özil to improve his body language after his first season in London, telling ESPN: "Mesut needs to work on his body language. He has heard it from me, and, I believe, also from Arsene Wenger.

"He is an inspired footballer. But when he fails or is not able to solve a deciding situation, he also needs to show that he can swallow that and send out signals like: In spite of that, I am still here and I can still affect the game."

Özil and his Arsenal team take on Crystal Palace on Sunday as they look to cut their way into Leicester City's lead at the top of the table.

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