A lot has been made about the relationship between Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery, especially in the media who have consistently reported that there is a rift between the pair, however, the latest comments from Emery show that all is not as gloomy as has been reported.
Emery was speaking about the impact both Aaron Ramsey and Ozil have had on Arsenal’s recent impressive form and the importance of flexibility from his players as the final phase of the season beckons.
“I think we are taking a good performance using a different system and different players,” Emery said. “For example, we started the last two matches playing 3-4-1-2.
“But we finished it playing 3-4-3, with players helping us in the 90th minute with a different system and different positions. I think we need to continue doing that.
“Maybe we can start with one system, maybe during the match we can change and the best positive is for all the players to be ready to help us, with a good mentality for work like we need each time.
“At first I used information from last year or the last two years. Mesut can play like a No 10 player, or starting on the right or left, in a different system, and he has a good mentality.
“And also Aaron Ramsey can play in a system with two or three midfielders, getting more in the opposition box.
“I used this information with this player and I think this player’s mind is very open to help us, to play in different positions and give us a big performance. He has a very good attitude to do that.”
There may well have been some reluctance on Ozil’s part to conform to Emery’s new style and demands but he clearly has adapted, that has been evident, he looks as if he has accepted the methods and thinking behind Emery’s decision to play him when appropriate and not just because he is our talisman.
Ozil is no longer throwing his dummy out of the pram when he is not selected and you can feel that he is starting to trust the manager to make the right calls, he may not like it, what professional footballer would? but he is not sulking and when called upon has been putting in some high quality performances.
The media will no doubt continue to claim that Emery is looking to sell Ozil in the summer but that is far from certain, in fact, I would suggest that it is becoming more unlikely that we will be selling our German meastro in the summer.