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Wenger urges Ozil to be more selfish

Created on Feb. 12, 2014 11:56 AM EST

Arsene Wenger wants playmaker Mesut Ozil to be more ruthless to help fire Arsenal to the Premier League title this season.

The Germany international has scored only four Premier League goals since moving to the Emirates Stadium for a club-record fee from Real Madrid in September.

Not since early in December has the midfielder found the back of the net for the London club and he came in for criticism following his performance in the 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool on Saturday.

Ozil gets a chance to silence his critics on Wednesday when Arsenal go in search of a victory over Manchester United that would see them return to the top of the table.

And Arsenal manager Wenger wants Ozil to be more selfish as his side attempt to secure their first major trophy since 2005.

He said: "You want the guy who plays behind the striker to score some goals and sometimes he (Ozil) is too obsessed with making the perfect pass when he could take a shot at goal,

"(He can improve) by practicing on it and convincing him by showing him situations where he can shoot more, and he will do that."

Wenger is also aware that Ozil is still adapting to the demands of the Premier League and the Frenchman has no problem with the character of his big-money acquisition.

"He thinks it is more physical here for sure and he works on his body strength to deal with it,'

"He needs understanding, because he always wants to do well. He is not a guy who doesn't care, his style can sometimes look like that, but he is really the opposite character.

"He cares about the game, he wants to do well and needs more support.

"Ozil feels the pressure of course, because he knows a lot is expected when you are a big transfer. There is a big expectation level, but he should not worry about that, just play in the team and enjoy it, give his best. That is the best way to deal with it.

"But on the other hand, you must say he doesn't come from a small club - he comes from Real Madrid where the pressure is always huge as well, so he is used to it."

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