Emery on Ozil
It appears as though Mesut Ozil and his time at Arsenal is coming to an end. The former German international has been linked with a move to both Turkey and the United States and could leave Arsenal this January before the end of his deal which expires comes the conclusion of the season.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 6, 2021
During his time at the club he has served under 3 coaches including Arsene Wenger, current coach Mikel Arteta and the man that took over from the Frenchman Unai Emery.
In a recent interview with football.london, Emery opened up about his time at Arsenal and specifically about his handling and use of the former Real Madrid number 10.
“I worked for one and a half years with Mesut and tried to help him, support him and achieve the performances for the team with him,” said Emery.
“Now I don’t know what the problems are as I am very concentrated and focused with Villarreal.”
“I follow every Arsenal match but I don’t know what the problems are with the team or the players. I can only speak about Mesut Ozil when I was with him there and I tried to achieve the best performances with him.”
Mesut Ozil has not been used at all this season after being omitted from the Premier League squad. However Ozil took to social media to confirm he would remember his time at the club fondly.
… I’ve enjoyed that time a lot and I’ve thought we’re really on a very positive way. But after the break things unfortunately changed … (2/2)
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 11, 2021
Arsenal have experienced a turn of form lately, winning their last 4 matches. Wins against Chelsea, Brighton, West Brom and Newcastle have enabled Gunners fans to believe more positively about the outcome of the season after a significantly horrific start to a campaign which saw them record their worst opening to a Premier League season in their history.
Some of the key performers which have brought the club out of the mire have been Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli. Interestingly, Unai Emery gave senior debuts to them all, which have now begun to be used more often by Mikel Arteta.
Only recently have Smith-Rowe and Martinelli been selected by Arteta but a mainstay throughout has been Saka. In fact, the now senior England international has been one of the only bright sparks alongside Kieran Tierney for the better part of the first third of the campaign.
Emery spoke of the excitement he felt witnessing Saka’s debut. “I remember when Bukayo played the first match with us in January. We won against Fulham 4-1 at the Emirates, he played for the first time with us at 17 years-old for 10 minutes,” he said. “He didn’t touch one ball in ten minutes! He ran, ran, ran but didn’t kick one ball – it was amazing.”
“When he started playing regularly you could look at him and see he’s a very good player. He’s progressing as a very important player and he is a very humble person. It’s very important because some other players don’t have the same humble qualities as him to always want to learn, listen and follow us.”
Arsenal and Emery’s club Villarreal have very similar targets this season of reaching the pinnacle of European football and returning to the Champions League. The two clubs are intertwined in their history and the competition after facing each other in the 2006 semi-final.
Arsenal came out the victors in the last bout between the two clubs, but with the pair both involved in this year’s Europa League an interesting tie could be on the horizon should the draw bring them together.
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