Unai Emery on Ozil: The Arsenal manager commented on Mesut Ozil’s performance after the match against Newcastle.
Arsenal’s head coach Unai Emery looked happy after Arsenal’s convincing 2-1 victory at Newcastle United. The scoreline might suggest that the match was intense, but Newcastle didn’t score till the injury time, and Arsenal cruised to victory.
The Spanish manager stressed that his team stepped up in the second half.
“The first half we couldn’t control the match like we wanted. We need to impose our ideas, but we conceded a lot of chances for the counter attack.
“The second half, the balance on the pitch was better. We didn’t concede the transition as easy.
“The key was the first goal, it gave us the confidence to improve on the match.”
He also commented on Mesut Ozil’s performance, including his goal.
“Every player is the same. Today I am happy, Mesut scored which is important. He continues his process on the team, helping with his quality,” Emery said.
“It’s a new way for him. We watch his performances each day in training and in each match to give us his quality.
“I want his best performance and today first of all, he worked well.”
Emery was also questioned on Arsenal’s two back-to-back away victories, the first one being at Cardiff before the international break.
“We needed to impose ourselves. One challenge is to have better performances away, to be more competitive, to have chances to win.
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“This way is about consistency, We are happy for two victories away but we need to continue to improve, being more competitive.”
Arsenal are now at 9 points from 5 games, having dropped six in their first two Premier League matches against Manchester City and Chelsea. They will now host Ukrainian club Vorlska in the Europa League match next week.