Unai Emery reveals how Mesut Ozil is working to win a starting role

Unai Emery reveals how Mesut Ozil is working to win a starting role

After being criticized for not doing enough in training, Unai Emery has revealed that Mesut Ozil has improved in the past three weeks.

Ozil has featured sparingly for Arsenal this season and has made only a single start, amassing a mare 142 minutes on the pitch. The German has missed the last three matchday squads with the Head of football Raul Sanllehi noting that Ozil “needs to contribute 24/7”.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of their clash against Sheffield United on Monday, Emery revealed what Ozil is doing to win his place back in the team, “But in the last two to three weeks he’s improved with us in training and I think it’s good. I didn’t close the possibility for him to play.

“Because I want him to be OK and ready with being available for training and giving us a good feeling every day. Then he can play. My idea is to use every player and he is one. The player can help us. He has very big skills and one quality we will need in the next matches.

“Really I am happy now how he is improving and training every day. He is one player more in that squad. When I said that it was because in that moment, depending on our needs, other players were in front of him. Now, I feel better with him in training and he has more of a possibility to play.”

In an interview with The Athletic recently, Ozil claimed he is doing extra sessions with fitness coaches, adding that he has been fully available throughout the campaign.

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