Unai Emery lifts the lid on his relationship with Mesut Ozil
- Gunners head coach reveals he's glad that Mesut Ozil hasn't participated in any games during the international break as now he is completely fit for Saturday's game
- Apart from it, Emery has rubbished all rumours that have blamed the coach for strained relations with the Gunners playmaker
- Boss and the player get on too well to discuss this subject which is definitely not worthwhile
- On Saturday, September 15, Arsenal will travel to the St James' Park Stadium to play against Newcastle United
Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash against Newcastle United, Arsenal head coach has revealed how Ozil will probably benefit from retiring from the international duty: "First the players have the habits to play in the international break, in important matches, defending their identity and when one player is finishing that, I think it is also good for them to focus only on their team.
"The reason for Mesut is important for me also, this focus every day with us, a relaxing three days off at the weekend. Mesut, like other players, works very well here and also working the ties and also together to improve things. Mesut, I look at him with the focus totally here.
Speaking about his relationship with Mesut Ozil, Emery continued: [We get on] very well. Here for me, it isn’t for a lot of the time speaking about what people are telling us. I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances.
"Also, I read this week in the newspapers in the match against Manchester City I say to the [groundsman], ‘Don’t put water on the pitch’ - it’s not true! This is the moment to say to you that I have a good relationship with Mesut and I didn’t say it to the groundsman not to water on the pitch, it’s not true. We are continuing our process with our positive things and our work."
The matter of fact is that Mesut Ozil was ruled out of West Ham United clash due to a cold he had caught up prior to the game. Despite his absence Arsenal have secured the first three points of the season after a 3-1 win. However, a lot of pundits and fans did not really believe Emery's words about illness as media reports spread the news about a bust-up between the manager and the player. ESPN have rejected that there is any rift in relations between the Spaniard and the German.
Here's a fun fact for you before the weekend. In his fifth season in the Premier League Mesut Ozil has still not travelled to Newcastle and played in an away game. He has been injured, ill, injured, rested. pic.twitter.com/SL9CnhAOb2— James Benge (@jamesbenge) September 10, 2018
During the pre-Cardiff presser, the head coach has said: "I know there are lots of journalists who are working in the TV and the media. The news is not true. In my career, I do not stop for news when it’s not true. When the news isn’t true, it isn’t true. He’s [Ozil] training normally with the group, in every session this week. We started on Tuesday and every day he has been training with the group. He’s OK. Also, I’m looking at him well every day."
Apart from Unai Emery, Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has also denied any kind that there was any kind of conflict between the manager and the player. He insists that our No.10 was absent for the West Ham clash due to illness:
"People have been a bit unfair with him. He is a very famous player and obviously, people love talking about him. Recently, it is always bad things. Like last time, he was sick and that’s why he didn’t play.
"People started to invent that he had a problem with the manager. It wasn’t like that. He got a cold, he was sick, that’s it. That’s why he didn’t play."
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