Unai Emery on Mesut Ozil: The situation surrounding Mesut Ozil has been tense at Arsenal at the moment.
Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League table. The side faced a stunning defeat to West Ham United last weekend.
With Manchester United winning their game against Spurs, Arsenal are now at level on points with Solskjaer’s side. Unai Emery’s men face a tough test this weekend as they face Chelsea and the result of the game could have a significant impact on Arsenal’s top four chances.
Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil’s situation at Arsenal remains complex as he reportedly fell out of favour with Unai Emery.
The midfielder was not included in the squad despite being fit against West Ham, which raised concerns over his future at the Emirates Stadium.
Unai Emery was questioned about his future, as well as his involvement against Chelsea on Saturday in the pre-match conference.
Unai Emery on Mesut Ozil:
The Arsenal head coach didn’t refuse to rule out Ozil’s speculated move away from the club, but remained positive about the midfielder’s chances against Chelsea.
When questioned about Ozil’s current situation and whether he could leave Arsenal this month, Unai Emery stated that he is not thinking about Ozil’s position in the transfer market.
David Ornstein on Mesut Özil: “They’re not just rumours. Unai Emery has suggested to Mesut Ozil that it would be best for him to leave the club. And the hierarchy of the club feels that they would like him to move on.” pic.twitter.com/Y3cYZhoUcm
— TheAFCnewsroom (@TheAFCnewsroom) January 17, 2019
💬 “He’s had injuries and not been okay to play matches, but now after these two weeks maybe this Saturday will be okay for him.”
Emery on Ozil ahead of #ARSCHE 👇
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 17, 2019
“I am not thinking about that. I am thinking how he can help us,” said Emery.
“He helps us sometimes this year with good performances and other moments with not good performances like another player.
“Other moments he has had injuries and has not been ok to play the matches. Now after these two weeks working with normality maybe this Saturday can be ok for us.”
He also confirmed that the former German international has been consistently training over the last two weeks and could be in contention for the game against Chelsea.
“Now he is training with consistent work during the last two weeks. He can be [available].”
Mesut Ozil has missed five Premier League games due to issues with his back and knee. When fit, Unai Emery has often stated ‘tactical reasons’ for not including Ozil in the squad.
—Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat reportedly leaving
—No money to spend in January
—Mesut Ozil repeatedly left out of the squad
—Six points off fourth
—Chelsea on Saturday
Arsenal are fine 🔥🏠 pic.twitter.com/nLAFbwzaSm
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 15, 2019
Ian Wright on Mesut Ozil: “It’s really worrying, I know Unai Emery has had his problems with big players in the dressing room before and it seems like Ozil in this dressing room is the one he’s taking it out on”. pic.twitter.com/hTQhc6TiZp
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 14, 2019
Last weekend, the Arsenal head coach insisted that other players ‘deserved’ to be in the squad, when asked about Ozil’s absence against West Ham.