Mesut Ozil's previous full match against Burnley in the Premier League on 22 December

Arsenal boss Unai Emery said midfielder Mesut Ozil would continue to make his second start of the 2019 European League victory over Bate Borisov on Thursday.

The Gunners reached the last 16 as a 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium took them through 3-1 on aggregate.

Ozil, 30, played the full 90 minutes for the first time since December.

Emery said Arsenal wants "sometimes in the starting XI and sometimes on the bench".

"His spirit is good and his quality and capacity are good," said Emery. "I think we need every player, and we play Mesut was important and positive."

Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi described Ozil as "world class" and said he hoped the 2014 World Cup winner can "keep on playing".

"We know what Mesut's like because we see him in training every day," he told BT Sport.

I know if I make a run the vision to find me. "

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Arsenal scored inside four minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross was turned on by Bate defender Zakhar Volkov.

Center-back Shkodran Mustafi made it 2-0 before the break with a powerful header following Granit Xhaka's corner.

Substitute Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed in the third goal after an hour.


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