Unai Emery faced the press ahead of the Sheffield United clash and the Arsenal boss was quizzed about Mesut Ozil. The German has been frozen out in recent weeks and has played just two games in all competitions so far.
Emery has received a ton of backlash from supporters on social media due to Ozil’s omission. However, Arsenal fans’ prayers might have been answered as Emery revealed that he is happy with Ozil’s improvement in training.
He said: “With Mesut, this year started in a difficult [way] for him. In pre-season, he worked well and was playing matches, but then he had the problems with Sead and it stopped. After that problem, he was sick one week and then he lost a lot of training to continue working and [finding] his feet. But the last two or three weeks, he’s improved with us in training and I think he’s feeling good.”
“He has very big skills, the quality we will need in the next matches. I am happy now with how he’s improving and training every day. Other players were in front of him at this moment. (In the last few games) Now, I am telling you. I am feeling better with him every day in training and he is another possibility in the squad now to play and to help us.”
Ozil will ease the pressure off Aubameyang:
Ozil has been a serious miss in recent games with the side terribly struggling for creativity. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had a lot of pressure on his shoulders to come up with the goods all by himself but with Ozil possibly back in contention, he will have a lot more opportunities to score.
Emery also revealed that Alexandre Lacazette has returned to full training and the Frenchman could feature against the Blades on Monday. Kieran Tierney is also fully fit which is a massive boost for us ahead of a busy three weeks.
With Emery changing his mind on Ozil, Arsenal fans can finally look forward to the prospect of Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and the German forming what could possibly be the most frightening attacking quartet in the Premier League.