Unai Emery has told Mesut Ozil that he and Arsenal need him.
According to Goal.com, Unai Emery has told Mesut Ozil that he is not only part of his long term plans at the club, but he is a part of his immediate plans too.
Ozil has yet to feature so far this season. He had a solid preseason, in the Gunnars tour of the USA. Only to return for the Premier League and face problems on and off the pitch.
Perhaps the biggest distraction of all was the attempted robbery that involved him a teammate and their wives.
Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were the victims of an armed robbery attempt outside an eatery in the vicinity of their houses. Both players were subsequently withdrawn from the next game’s squad.
This weekends North London derby is one of the biggest games of the season. It is the ideal stage for Ozil to announce himself back into the world of football.
This is a player that dominated the field at Real Madrid. That is the player that Unai Emery is in search of.
“Mesut Ozil, it’s the same message to him that I can say to you: we need him.”
“We need him first to be consistent in training and to be available in each match.”
“Last week he wasn’t ready to play 100 percent in Liverpool.”
“This week, he is getting better with each training and I think physically he is now better. He is closer to helping us.”
“We need him because he is a different player in our team.”
“We have different ways to prepare one match thinking to win and different qualities with the players, different characteristics from them.”
“Really, for us, we need him to be available and he can help us with his quality.”
Unai Emery has invested heavily this summer.
A player like Mesut Ozil at the top of his game can unlock his team and given that creative flair that would turn Arsenal into top four contenders rather than pretenders.