There were many many rumours that Mesut Ozil was being a prima donna when first told what to do by Unai Emery, and the media built up a narrative where there was dissent in the dressing room and a power struggle between Ozil and his new boss., especially when the German was told to play out on the wing.
But these attempts by the media to disrupt the dressing room have now been shot down in flames by Ozil himself, as he admits that he prefers his usual role, but he is also getting used to playing on the wing when instructed to by Emery. He said: “For me it is not my best position, I think my best position is as a No. 10 but at the end of the day I have to accept and respect what the coach decides.
“So I have to give everything I can on the right side, it’s new for me but it’s fun for me as well, especially with the goals and I will continue to give my best on that side.”
He then went on to praise Emery and his aims for the new Arsenal team. “He’s younger and has brought in some Spanish specialists and wants to make everything perfect,” he continued. “The team understand him and he has shown us his character and how he wants to play.
“Of course, we need time to understand everything completely but it is going well – he is a very good coach and as a player you can speak to him and he listens which makes everything easier for us.
“We are fourth in the table so we know we can achieve more and I need to show on the pitch my potential to help the team but I think so far it is going well, especially with the goals. I have to perhaps produce some more assists but it is going well.
“As a player, I want to win titles and I hope we can reach that with the team because we have the potential. We are on a good way but we know the Premier League and other competitions in front of us are hard but we will give everything to reach our goals.”
So as usual, the media have been proven to blow any ridiculous report out of all proportion where Arsenal are concerned. We are Arsenal, and we are together!
Onwards and Upwards!