Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has claimed that he is happy with Mesut Ozil despite bringing the midfielder off against Chelsea (via The Standard).
One of the most noticeable changes in management styles between Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery has been the use of substitutions.
Unlike his predecessor, Emery has shown to be far more willing to utilise his bench, especially earlier in matches.
Granit Xhaka was brought off at half-time but perhaps the biggest surprise substitute came after 68 minutes when Mesut Ozil was replaced by Aaron Ramsey.
Ozil was very rarely substituted by Arsene Wenger and now, Unai Emery has explained his decision.
“Today I’m happy with [Ozil] because he worked,” the Spaniard said after the match. “I decided to change because, in the middle, we needed a bit more to push and not let Chelsea progress easily with the ball.
- [Match Report] Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea: Gunners sweat on star’s ankle injury
- Arsenal propose major part-exchange to sign ‘elite striker’
- [Photo] Big-money transfer pictured at Arsenal training ground
“But I’m happy with Mesut. We are going to do with him the same work and helping him, demanding also work every day. But, at the moment, he is doing that and I’m happy.”
Mesut Ozil was barely involved during the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on the weekend. The German did not put in a good performance but Emery was quick to defend his player after the match.