Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has insisted that Mesut Ozil can “do more” at Arsenal after a string of subpar performances (via Arsenal.com).
There may be a new man in charge of the team and a host of new players but the major talking point at Arsenal is still Mesut Ozil.
The enigmatic German has played most of Arsenal’s matches under Unai Emery but has largely been disappointing barring some flashes of brilliance.
“For me it is a new moment, for us and for every player,” Emery said of Ozil in his pre-match press conference.
“The reason we are working is to prepare each match with our players to have the possibility to arrive in Newcastle in the best condition for every player. That’s the same for Mesut.
“He is working well. He is OK. I want to push them, I want to be demanding to prepare this match – Mesut the same.”
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“But he is feeling like I am feeling. He can improve, he can do more. In this process, we will work, we will help him, give him the possibility on the pitch to be together, to find his qualities for us.”
Ozil has started all but one of Unai Emery’s Premier League matches and featured in a variety of different positions but what does the Spaniard believe is his player’s best?
“In his career Mesut played like a 10 and on the right, coming inside with his quality,” Emery went on.
“Here he has played both. He is very convinced about that in my conversations with him about it. I usually give players the position they feel the best. Mesut is in these two positions.”
It’s obvious that Arsenal’s aspirations for this season rest on the performances of Mesut Ozil. The former German international is one of the best players on the planet when on top form but those moments have been too rare in an Arsenal shirt.