Arsenal star Mesut Ozil explains why he invented his trademark finish

Mesut Ozil produced his trademark bounce shot to score against Liverpool in December 2017
Mesut Ozil produced his trademark bounce shot to score against Liverpool in December 2017 (Picture: Getty)

Mesut Ozil has revealed he uses his trademark bounce shot because he believes it is a far more effective technique to employ in a one-on-one situation than a conventional chip shot.

The Arsenal playmaker is a far from frequent goalscorer these days and has found the back of the net only once this season. The 31-year-old has, however, perfected the art of deceiving goalkeepers in an almost unique fashion.

By kicking down on the top of the ball, Ozil creates elevation and has left a string of Premier League No.1s utterly bemused.

The former Germany international used that particular method to score against both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth last season and famously did so against Liverpool in a pulsating 3-3 draw at the Emirates back in December 2017.

Asked to explain how and why he invented the technique, Ozil said: ‘If I’m running in front of the goal and the goalkeeper is jumping like that, sometimes if you make a chip the defender can run and clear it.

‘If you chip the ball it will go slowly to the goal, if you do it like this it’s still a chip but quicker. If you do it like that with power so the ball is going over the goalkeeper, don’t forget they are always jumping to the left or right.

‘If you show them you will shoot and they are jumping they will never expect that.’

Ozil has reestablished his position as a key member of the Arsenal side following Mikel Arteta’s appointment as Unai Emery’s successor.

The former Real Madrid star has started all 10 games since his former Arsenal teammate joined from Manchester City.

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