Arsenal boss Unai Emery has urged Mesut Ozil to improve his performances after a slow start to the season, as quoted by The Sun.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal side have taken time to find their feet this season, losing their two opening matches before turning things around with victories against West Ham and Cardiff City. However, there is still plenty of work to do.
A major concern of the Gunners is the lack of players who are currently playing at their full potential and the most talked about example of this is Mesut Ozil, who has returned from a poor World Cup with Germany to plenty of criticism.
Ozil is yet to score or provide an assist in his three Premier League appearances this season and has not completed a full 90 minutes since the opening day, being hauled off in the second halves of the clashes with Chelsea and Cardiff.
Also dropped for the victory over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium, Emery has made it clear he wants more from the former Real Madrid man in comments quoted by The Sun.
“I want to find with him the possibility to do the best, to make decisive passes, to do more near and in the box to score. Also I think he is working for the team to help us with his quality.
“But he is feeling like I am feeling. He can improve, he can do more. In this process, we will work, we will help him, give him the possibility on the pitch to be together, to find his qualities for us.”
The reality is that Ozil has a lot on his plate at the moment, as he copes with the fallout of a World Cup campaign where he was singled out for criticism. As a result, he quit the national side in a lengthy statement where he hit out at racism towards his Turkish heritage.
In the aftermath, Ozil has been isolated by a number of his former international colleagues as they insist there is no racism in the national side, missing the key points of his statement, which will have left the World Cup winner feeling extremely isolated.
Ozil needs protection from Arsenal at this point in time and the best course of action may be to remove him from the limelight, allowing him to get up to speed away from the pressures of the Premier League – and a favourable Europa League group stage draw could be the ideal route to get him back to his best.