Unai Emery insists Mesut Ozil relationship remains strong

Unai Emery insists Mesut Ozil relationship remains strong

Unai Emery insists Mesut Ozil relationship remains strong

Unai Emery has told Mesut Ozil that he is entering a new phase in his career and, ahead of his 30th birthday next month, challenged the German playmaker to "do more" and raise his performances.

Ozil has become a bit of a conundrum for Emery after the club's highest-paid player got off to a slow start to the season, which was also interrupted by an illness that fuelled rumours of a rift between the two.

Arsenal have been handed an injury blow ahead of their trip to St James' Park to face Newcastle on Saturday after Lucas Torreira was injured on worldwide duty.

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"He could feel different but every day with us I look at him and he looks well and happy, working with our demands", added Emery.

Arsenal manager Emery said he enjoyed a "relaxing" three days with Ozil in training after the player's retirement from worldwide football meant he did not depart with the Germany squad last week.

The midfielder was criticised for posing for photographs with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the build-up to the World Cup, which saw 2014 champions Germany knocked out at the group stage. But Emery is hoping the extra rest and training sessions during the global break - the first since Ozil announced his retirement from Germany - will help the star midfielder find his feet again.

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Emery discussed how the experienced defender has progressively improved since his time in Spain, highlighting just why he remains an integral part of his plans at Arsenal.

Arsenal are going in search of their first back-to-back away wins in the Premier League since May 2017 when they face Newcastle United at St James' Park on Saturday.

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