Arsenal coach Unai Emery asks Mesut Özil to produce more in the last third
Unai Emery says Mesut Özil needs to improve in and around the pits for Arsenal.
The playmaker was a hot topic since his name was no longer featured on the West Ham team home league table last month.
Emery soon had to deny the claims of a disagreement in the training practice and insist that the player had not felt well. Also Ozil, who had retired from international football in the summer, was due to its Turkish roots, the center of a split in Germany.
Özil returned to the starting eleven after a 3-1 win at Cardiff City and will probably retain his place against Newcastle United as the Premier League resumes after their first international break of the season.
So all eyes will be on a player more likely to shine brilliantly than durability, and Emery had no qualms about explaining how he would expect Ozil's reaction.
"I want to use it to make the best of it, make decisive passes, get closer and score in the pits," he said. "I think he's working for the team to help us with his quality, but he feels like I'm feeling, he can improve, he can do more.
"In this process we will work, we will help him, give him the opportunity to be together on the square, to find his qualities for us.
"For me, it's a new moment, for us and for every player, the reason we work is to prepare every game with our players, to have the opportunity to arrive in Newcastle in the best of shape for each player It's for Mesut, he works well. "
Emery has Ozil either behind a main striker or on the right flank used. "In his career, he played like a ten and right with his quality," he said. "He played both here.
"He's very convinced of that in my conversations with him, and I usually give the players the position they feel best, with Mesut, those two positions."
Emery added that his regular talks with Ivan Gazidis had not affected the prospect that the Director-General would go to AC Milan.
That the Serie A team is interested in recruiting Kazidis has been known for some months, and reports in Italy now suggest that the 54-year-old was finally ready to leave London and start a new chapter in his career ,
Arsenal remains confident that he will stay and Emery said that nothing else had been said to him.
"Every conversation I have with him talks about us and our work here every day," he said. "We talk about our performance, our ideas and our process, we did not talk about its future."
Left-back Nacho Monreal has hinted that he is negotiating a new contract. The Spanish international, 32, is at the end of the season, but Emery was open for a longer stay.
"I'm very happy with him because he physically plays with his performances in games at a very good level," he said. "It's very important to me, we need to sign a new contract with him to stay with the Arsenal team."
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