Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has encouraged Gunners star Mesut Ozil to shoot more often after the German smashed in a volley against Swansea on Saturday.
Ozil, who only tallied six goals last season, already has three to his name this term and will be looking to continue his run of good form as the Gunners continue to mount a charge for the title.
Theo Walcott got the Gunners off to a great start with an opportunistic finish after a mistake from Jordi Amat, and the England winger quickly doubled the lead from a corner after a poor Jack Cork header allowed him to finish from close range. Walcott now has five goals to his name in eight Premier League appearances this term.
The Swans looked deflated as the half-time break approached, however, were buoyed by former Spurs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson who scored after a mistake from Granit Xhaka gifted him the ball on the edge of the box. Sigurdsson promptly finished with a nice curled effort and both teams walked off with the score at 2-1.
The Gunners started the second half brightly and were rewarded with a beautiful volleyed finish from Mesut Ozil, this was quickly followed by a neat tap in finish from substitute Borja who brought the game back to 3-2.
Soon after, a controversial cynical trip from Granit Xhaka earned him a surprise red card which left the Gunners with ten men with 20 minutes remaining. The Gunners dug in and saw out the game but fans may feel it was an unnecessarily nervy end to a game where Swansea offered very little.
After the game, Arsene Wenger was asked about Mesut Ozil’s finish and his typical hesitancy to shoot and said the following,
‘It was an excellent goal, but he doesn’t take enough chances by shooting,’
‘In training he scores when he wants and the goalkeepers say how he is the hardest to read when it comes to where he is going to out the ball.
‘I hope he takes confidence from that goal, and starts shooting more in games.’
If the German is able to produce finishes like that more often the Gunners faithful will no doubt be delighted, Ozil has been criticized in the past for always looking for a pass where it has made more sense to shoot.
After making it 6 Premier League wins on the bounce the Gunners now look ahead to a Champions League match up with Ludogorets on Wednesday.