Mesut Ozil has been the key player behind Arsenal’s good run so far this season, and the German says it comes down to life changes he’s made since moving to England.
Ozil has already racked up 15 assists, making him the mastermind behind just under half of the Gunners goals so far this season in the league. The Premier League record is 20, held by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, but Ozil is well on his way to smash that record as there’s still 21 games remaining.
Ozil attributes his good form to certain changes he made after getting injured last year, such as more sleep and changing his diet.
“The biggest change started when I was injured last year and I changed my diet and started to look at the small details in my life,” Ozil told Kicker.
“For example I started to have physiotherapy on my days off and made sure I had a good sleep. That is crucial over here [in England]. It is the fastest league in the world and we often play twice a week with no winter break.
“I also missed football a lot when I was injured and I don’t want that to happen again. That’s why I am doing everything I can to avoid it now.”
Ozil is only two assists away from tying his personal best from his time at Real Madrid where he managed to get 17 assists in league play during the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. His previous best at Arsenal was nine league assist during the 2013/14 season.