Mesut Ozil: Arsenal must stop conceding unnecessary goals

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Injured midfielder Mesut Ozil has had his say on Arsenal's biggest weakness, claiming the Gunners' tendency to concede "unnecessary goals" has hampered the club's progress this season.

The Germany international - who has been sidelined for the past ten weeks with a knee problem - urged his team-mates to tighten up at the back if they are going to be successful, but remains confident of finishing 2014/15 near the top of the Premier League table.

"When you watch the games, we've dominated a lot of them but have conceded unnecessary goals," he told "That can't happen, because in the Premier League, every team is capable of beating one another.

"We have to get our points by playing the game our way… I'm convinced that we will finish the season near the top of the table."

Ozil has not featured since Arsenal's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on October 5, but is nearing a return to training that will give the whole first-team a significant boost ahead of the busy festive period.

Arsene Wenger's side are up to sixth in the table ahead of next weekend's list of fixtures, which sees the Gunners travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Sunday.

They'll go into the game with spirits high off the back of their 4-1 win over Newcastle United at the Emirates, which contributed to a return of five victories from their previous six games in all competitions.

Wenger reaction to Ozil comments?

It's not yet clear how Wenger will respond to the recent comments made by Ozil, who was open and honest in his assessment of the areas of the Arsenal squad which need improving - possibly in January.

The typically frugal Frenchman has been criticised for his failure to sign a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen or address the obvious need for a deep-lying defensive midfielder to help provide more protection for the leaky Gunners backline.

Alexis Sanchez has been by far and away the north London club's biggest success story this season, but a catalogue of injury problems has left Arsenal short at the opposite end of the pitch and ultimately contributed towards some of the frustrating results recorded, particularly in the early part of the campaign.

The mid-season transfer window will present an opportunity to right the wrongs of the previous summer, though, and fans will be hoping that Wenger can get the right deals over the line to improve their prospects between now and next May.

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