Ozil was given a rare start against Bournemouth and the German delivered a scintillating performance.
If Arsenal fans want a solution of one thing then it would be a solution to Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery saga. It’s an open secret that Unai isn’t a big fan of the German given the German’s inability to track back. The situation has led to Ozil starting only thrice in Premier League over the last 4 weeks. Injuries did prevent him out of the squad. However he was given a start against Bournemouth. The German delivered a scintillating performance and put Emery in a dilemma whether he should start against Tottenham. Ex-Arsenal man reveals behind-closed-doors Mesut Ozil secrets.
Former Gunners star David Hillier believes Mesut Ozil looks happy behind the scenes despite his difficult relationship with Unai Emery. Ozil has struggled to work his way into Emery’s plans for the majority of the season, with the Arsenal boss hinting that he needs to work harder in training to become first choice. He was granted a rare start in their Premier League clash with Bournemouth at the Emirates last night, however, opening the scoring in a resounding 5-1 win for the Gunners. And Hillier thinks Ozil’s game is affected when he is left out of the side too many times. He told The Chronicles of a Gooner podcast, “I don’t understand how the situation’s got to this stage. First of all I’ll say that Mesut Ozil, if you are privy to some of the videos and the training ground stuff that I see, the way that he is with the lads and the way that he conducts himself – it’s like none of this is happening to him.”
He further added, “He’s really happy and all the players are happy with him and its staff and the managers are all happy with him. I don’t think there’s an issue with Mesut’s game. I think the issue is when he’s left out of the side so many times, he then starts to lose the consistent level he was playing at.
So every time he comes back into the side, like coming back into the side [against Southampton], whenever he gets on the pitch he’s expected to do something so special to warrant a place in the side the next game. He can’t say: ‘I’ve played the last 12 games, I’ve had eight good, three average and one bad.’ He hasn’t got that in the locker, so he’s putting himself under pressure every time. It’s not just him putting himself under pressure. The crowd is putting him under pressure, the manager, his players around him.”
Mesut Ozil doesn’t resemble a man whose future is in doubt on the pitch. Given its recent performance it seems he is trying hard to get into Emery’s playing XI.