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Arsenal legend questions whether Ozil can ‘adapt’ to Emery’s demands

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has questioned whether playmaker Mesut Ozil can adapt to the demands of new Gunners boss Unai Emery.

Ozil was left out of the Arsenal’s starting XI for their recent away win over Bournemouth and Emery admitted afterwards that he had doubts over whether his clubs highest paid player could handle the ‘intensity’ required against Eddie Howe’s side.

The 30-year-old former German international was then not in included the squad for last weekend’s North London Derby win over Spurs with an alleged back spasm.

Ozil’s talent has never been in question but his lack of work-rate has been a constant issue during his time at the Emirates, and now former Gunners striker Wright is doubtful whether the talented attacking midfielder will be able to change his game and fit into the high-intensity style that Emery demands from his players.

“The thing with him is, do you think he’s someone that can adapt? He’s an unbelievable player but can he do it? I don’t know if he can,” Wright told BBC 5 live.

“I had Arsenal fans coming over to me saying he’s had 19 assists. Thierry Henry had 20 assists and 30 odd goals – and he done it twice! ‘Is that what we want, just assists? Is that what you’re going to throw in my face? And a hat-trick against Ludogorets?”

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