Ozil: How I Became A Super Pass King.


Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil has revealed the secrets behind his superb passing characteristic.

The German who joined the Gunners from Real Madrid last two summers bagged five goals and niine assists in his second seaason at the club, making Arsene Wenger tag him 'a player who is able to control matches'. He is well known for creating great chances from exceptional passes and in his interview with Arsenal Player, he unravelled the mystery behind his passing skills.

“I started playing football with my brother from a very early age,” Ozil told Arsenal Player. “I had the opportunity to play in tight spaces with my friends and my brother, and they were all older than me.

“Through that I had the opportunity to control the ball in the tightest gaps at a young age and that shows today. I’m really thankful for that time.

“You always have the opportunity to improve aspects of your game like finishing, ball control and passing. You can train that but as a youngster, I always played with older people in tight areas and that brought me forward.”

Ozil further stated that despite constantly working to improve his passing skill, most of the moves he makes when on the field of play are natural. They are not pre-planned but are instinctively made.

“I make a lot of decisions instinctively,” he said.

“You can practice passes and other aspects of your game a lot, but I decide a lot through instinct.

“I see things that some other players may not, and that’s why it’s important for me to have that instinct. It takes me forward on the pitch because nowadays you have to take decisions quickly and if you didn’t have instinct, it would be much tougher.”

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