Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has opened up about Mesut Ozil, after the pair continuously made headlines towards the end of the Spaniard’s Emirates reign.
The 48-year-old has been reflecting on his time as Gunners head coach, and offered his verdict on the German, who was mysteriously left out of several of Emery’s matchday squads towards the end of 2019.
In the eyes of the former Paris Saint-Germain boss, Ozil is ‘unpredictable’ and does struggle with the intensity of the Premier League.
He told Marca: “He’s a very good player, that’s clear. But the physical demands in the Premier League are high.
“His performances are unpredictable. He’s a bit below the top players at the moment. Sometimes Arsenal play better with him but other times he doesn’t make such a difference.”
Since the arrival of Mikel Arteta, Ozil has come in for praise from fans and pundits and appears to have responded positively to the change at the helm.
He’s featured in all but one of Arteta’s eight games in charge, but is yet to contribute any goals or assists.
TBR’s view – Ozil must produce the goods again
Ozil really needs a goal or an assist soon to go with the positivity he’s shown in recent weeks, because otherwise fans will begin to run out of patience.
Emery believes he isn’t as good as ‘the top players’ at the moment, so it’s on the 31-year-old to prove his former boss wrong.
It’s been a common criticism of Ozil during his time in English football that he is ‘unpredictable’ and that he can ‘go missing’.
The £42 million signing from Real Madrid (BBC Sport) is now under new guidance, so if there is a significant upturn then fans will know he was being mismanaged by Emery.