Emery is up against huge Ozil challenge says Arsenal legend
- Alan Smith, a legendary AFC striker, believes Emery is facing one of the biggest tasks in reviving Ozil's career
Ozil, who signed a new deal in February with AFC retired from international football after a disappointing World Cup campaign with Germany.
The 29-year-old was scapegoated after he posed for a photo with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the tournament in Russia and was branded a coward by German media.
He was then involved in one of the most heated and controversial discussions with a number of German pundits and officials involved, which ultimately led to Ozil's leaving the National team.
This is what Alan Smith, one of our longest and most faithful servants had to say on Emery's chances of 'taming' Ozil:
"For me, this is a relationship that could go one of two ways – whether Ozil responds to Emery or whether he doesn’t. ‘There have been times in recent years when Ozil seems to have switched off and lost the ball, and the team have lost the ball and the team have suffered.
"It’s going to be fascinating how Emery deals with that. Ozil is a player who signed for fortunes and he is expected to play.
"That is going to be one of the most interesting things to watch. How is Ozil going to fit in with the new regime? ‘He has had a turbulent summer with all that went on, then the World Cup, which was a disaster for Germany.
"He needs to settle down now. I’m sure he will be desperate to do well. And Arsenal need him. He is one of the key creative players. On his day, there are not many like him in the Premier League.
"Emery has to get hold of Ozil, try to get the best out of him, get him on board."