Mesut Ozil may have his critics, but few would argue that he's not among the Premier League's handful of genuinely world-class players.
The main problem with the playmaker has always been that he doesn't score enough goals, but he's already found the back of the net seven times this season.
Arsene Wenger would ideally like at least 10 goals per campaign, but oddly enough, Ozil doesn't think goalscoring is actually his main weakness.
"If you want to develop as a footballer, you have to work on your weaknesses every day," he told Arsenal's official website.
"You have to have talent but, of course, nobody is perfect, and you have to work hard to minimise those weaknesses as well as you can. I'm working hard on that – for example, I'm not ambidextrous, so I'm working on my right foot too."
To the untrained eye, the World Cup winner's right foot doesn't seem to be that much of a burden. Yet, it could explain why he's sometimes reluctant to shoot if he doesn't feel confident unless the ball's on his preferred foot.
Ozil continues to be linked with a move away from the Emirates; that speculation is bound to continue unless he puts pen to paper on a new deal, but it certainly sounds like he's enjoying life in north London - with the Gunners just two points off the top of the table.
"Especially if you play in the Premier League, you have to look after your body because the matches are very demanding and you have plenty of matches," he added.
"That’s why you have to work hard, to make sure you stay fit.
"I knew that if I moved to Arsenal, I would develop myself further, especially under the boss. I'm on a good way, the team really supports me, the manager gives me his trust and you see that I enjoy myself on the pitch."
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