Emery on Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil has found himself very much isolated from Arsenal’s starting eleven in recent months.
The German had a decent start to the season and put on a couple of good displays, particularly vs Leicester City.
However, Ozil has featured in just one of Arsenal’s last seven Premier League fixtures.
As a result, the Telegraph reported that Arsenal are looking to sell the £350,000 a week midfielder.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding Ozil, Unai Emery has come out and said what the 30-year-old can do to become a regular for Arsenal again:
“I ask him in our conversations to be consistent.
“To be available for us training. When you can train with regularity, consistency, you can help us after in the games. Now I think this week is good for all the players because we are in an important moment for the season.
“I am looking at him in the training like we want. I know he wants. But he needs to be consistent, be available for training, for the matches.
“Without the injuries, without being sick. Like that, I think we can see the best Mesut with us.”As quoted by the Evening Standard.
Arsenal vs BATE
While Ozil has not featured much in the league recently, he could be in line to start vs BATE on Thursday.
Arsenal head into the game at the Emirates with a 1-0 deficit to overturn due to their embarrassing defeat last week.
They will, however, be without Alexander Lacazette who was shown a red card in the teams last meeting.
The Gunners will be able to call on both Aaron Ramsey and Sokratis vs BATE though after the duo recovered from injuries.
Sokratis (ankle) and Ramsey (knee) are both in contention for tomorrows @EuropaLeague tie versus BATE. Emery will make a late call on Maitland-Niles who is ill today. Ozil needs to be consistent in training “without injury or being sick.” #AFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) 20 February 2019
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