Mesut Ozil has revealed one of the major reasons why he has been so influential for Arsenal this season.
The German midfielder has been central the Gunners' play as they sit second in the Premier League, level on points with leaders Manchester City.
And he has been setting records in the process. Not only is the Emirates number 11 the highest assist maker in Premier League history, he is also the first player to provide a goal in six consecutive league matches.
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In total, the former Real Madrid man has set up 10 goals in 11 league appearances, and he believes it has a lot to do with the Gunners maturing as a team.
In an interview with the club's official website, the 27-year-old said: "I think as a team you can see that we’ve become more mature.
"We’ve learnt from our mistakes and you can see on the pitch that we’re more steady.
"We’ve had some setbacks this season but we’ve learnt from them and it shows on the pitch that my teammates are looking for me even more and I’m able to control the game better."
There's no doubt about it, Ozil has come into his own this campaign.
The World Cup winner had received criticism over his previous two seasons in north London - most notably when he was accused of stealing a living - but nobody can doubt his influence this year.
While team accolades will be higher on Ozil's priority list than personal gain, the German will surely be in with a shout of scooping the Player of the Season award.
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