The German has scored just nine goals in 50 Premier League appearances for Arsenal and admits that he needs to contribute more this season.
“I want to score more goals than in the last two seasons and that’s my aim for this season,” said the £42.5m German who scored just four PL goals as Arsenal finished third in 2014/15.
“I think now and then I need to become a bit more selfish – then I’d definitely score more goals.
“But I’m a player who thinks for the team first and not for my own needs and that’s why I will carry on to play the way I always do.
“I think that’s one of my distinguishing characteristics.
Ozil has created 12 chances in Arsenal’s first three Premier League games of the season – a figure only bettered by Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey.
“For me it’s not just goals and assists that mean everything, what’s more important is that we’re successful as a team,” he says.
“My aim is to help the team and I’ll do all I can to achieve that.
“In truth I’m more the sort of player who doesn’t really go for goal, I tend to look for my team-mates and think, ‘Can I play this pass?’ he added.