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Arsenal must work on three things during the international break

Many involved with the Premier League feel disappointed whenever the international break comes along, but Unai Emery will possibly be seeing this as a blessing due to the fact it will offer him a chance to deal with Arsenal’s issues.

The 2-0 loss against Leicester City took the Gunners’ run without a win to five games, giving an indication of how concerning their form has been.

Here are suggestions for what Arsenal need to do in order to turn things around:

What to do with Granit Xhaka

Everything that has happened with Granit Xhaka following the Crystal Palace game can’t have done the team much good.

It would be imagined that having all of the talk about the captaincy, as well as questions around whether he will ever play for the club again or even be sold in January, would be quite disruptive.

Even with Xhaka away with Switzerland, Emery should use this time to decide what he is going to do with the former captain, and whether his run of three games missed will come to an end.

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Getting the best out of Mesut Ozil

Having not made it onto the pitch for five consecutive games, Mesut Ozil, who is valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, has started the last two for the Gunners.

However, his performance against Leicester shows that Arsenal need to get more out of the German, as he didn’t take any shots, played 1 key pass and made 1 dribble.

This isn’t to say that he is low in quality on the ball, as he completed 95% of his attempted passes, but they do need to work on getting the most out of that technical ability.

It is worth Emery putting the focus on unlocking Ozil’s potential, as he has shown he can be a difference-maker in the past, such as the 2015/16 season when he made 25 goal contributions.

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Cementing a formation

Keeping a consistent lineup can help ensure high-level consistency in performances, so Emery needs to nail down a formation that he will use going forward.

The Spaniard has opted to deploy three centre-backs in the last two games, against Vitoria de Guimaraes and Leicester City.

This international break is the perfect opportunity for Emery to nail down the intricacies of how he wants the system to be played if he is planning on using it moving forward.

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