Monday, January 18, 2021

Unai Emery gives classy reply when asked about Ozil

Unai Emery’s Arsenal will look to outsmart Manchester City as they visit Etihad on Sunday in a crucial English Premier League fixture.

Mesut Ozil captained Arsenal in their recent English Premier League fixture where they won 2-1. Ahead of their crucial, much-anticipated game against Manchester City, the coach was asked if he would again captain Mesut Ozil. The former Paris Sent Germain gaffer responded to it by saying Ozil is only the fourth captain.

He, according to the club’s official website Arsenal.com, said, “I think it is very clear, you mention it every week. We have four captains, I don’t know if you have come to my press conferences but I am going to repeat it but I think the others know it all. The first captain is Laurent Koscielny, he had injuries and couldn’t play. The second is Petr Cech, third is Aaron Ramsey, after this Mesut Ozil.

“When he is playing [with] Cech, Cech is captain; when he is playing Laurent, Laurent is captain; when he is playing with Aaron, Aaron is captain and when he is playing, and another is not captain, then he is captain. In our last match, Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey didn’t play, so Mesut Ozil is captain. After that, they are Granit Xhaka and Nacho Monreal,” the coach added.

Emery was also asked how long it would take for Denis Suarez to adapt to the league. The coach, who has coached the player before, said, “Firstly he knows the language – he can speak English, which is important for us. Secondly, he played at Manchester City with the youth teams. He has a big experience in Spain, at Sevilla, at Villarreal, where he played in a semi-final against Liverpool in the Europa League. “

“After, he played with Barcelona, not in the first XI a lot of times, but he helped them there and played in the Champions League, in an important team with important players. I think for him it’s easy to adapt with us.”

Emery, asked if Denis will start tomorrow, said he has not taken a decision yet. He said, “I am thinking of all the players, and I will make my decision tomorrow, but if he starts I have confidence in him.”

Author’s Take

Arsenal will need to be at their best to defeat Manchester City, who are looking to defend the Premier League. Emery will likely start their Denis Suarez but it remains to be seen if he can perform well against Pep Guardiola’s side.

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