Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said that he has a very good relationship with Mesut Ozil, despite doubts that the German is incapable of satisfying his tactical requirements.
Ozil’s creative abilities have never been in question, with some fans dubbing him as the assist king after notching up an impressive 50 assists in the Premier League, as well as scoring 27 goals.
However, while he is excellent at going forward, going the other way, Ozil rarely seems interested, which presents a direct problem for the newly appointed Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who demands all of his players work hard in both defence and attack.
Earlier this season there were reports of a training ground bust-up between Emery and Ozil, with Ozil subsequently being left out of the matchday squad for the Gunners win over West Ham, although Emery denied that to be the case, insisting that the German was ill, and now he has said that he has a very good relationship with his number 10.
“[We get on] very well. Here for me it isn’t for a lot of the time speaking about what people are telling us,” Emery said in his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Newcastle.
“I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances.”
Emery also added that Ozil looked ‘happy’ after missing the first international fixtures since his retirement from the German national team.
“The first time, maybe, he could feel different but every day with us in the work, I look at him and he looks well and happy, working with our demands every day,” said Emery.
“Mesut, like other players, works very well here and also working the ties and also together to improve things. Mesut, I look at him with the focus totally here.”