SWANSEA (AFP) - Mesut Oezil has pledged to become a more prolific goal-scorer as Arsenal attempt to secure their eighth successive Premier League away victory when they travel to Swansea on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger's side are currently top of the table with 12 points from five games, but they won't kick off at the Liberty Stadium in that position as they are sure to be overtaken by one of Tottenham and Chelsea, who meet earlier in the day.
It has nevertheless been an excellent start to the campaign by a squad that was widely written off following an opening weekend loss to Aston Villa.
Arsenal's fortunes have improved dramatically since then and the 42.5 million-pound (S$85.3 million) arrival of Germany midfielder Oezil on transfer deadline day has further lifted the mood of a club desperate to end their eight-year trophy drought.
Oezil has already shown off his vast creative talents by setting up several goals for his new colleagues, but the former Real Madrid playmaker is keen to get on the score-sheet more often as well.
"I don't want to praise myself too much but I think my statistics are good. (But) I would like to score more goals," Oezil said.
Arsenal will need Oezil to be at his best this weekend, as they will be without a number of injured stars including Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.