Unai Emery has revealed that Mesut Ozil’s car-jacking incident has effected the midfielder’s form so far this season.
The German has struggled to make an impact for the club in the opening weeks of the new campaign, starting just one Premier League fixture and becoming a peripheral figure in Emery’s plans.
Ozil, alongside teammate Sead Kolasinac, was the victim of an attempted car-jacking earlier this year, and Emery believes the incident has contributed to the 30-year-old’s difficult start to the season.
‘With Mesut, this year started in a difficult [way] for him,’ Emery told a press conference ahead of Monday’s trip to Sheffield United.
‘In pre-season he worked well and was playing matches, but then he had the problems with Sead and it stopped. After that problem, he was sick one week and then he lost a lot of training to continue working and [finding] his feet.
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‘But the last two or three weeks, he’s improved with us in training and I think he’s feeling good. I didn’t [promise] him that he’d play because I want to make sure he’s ready and is available in training, and also giving us every day a good feeling in training, then he can play.
‘My idea is to use every player and he is one in the squad. He has very big skills, the quality we will need in the next matches. I am happy now with how he’s improving and training every day. He is one player more in the squad.’