Unai Emery has admitted he tried to ‘help’ get Mesut Ozil back to his best at Arsenal but could not find the solution to the player’s problems at the Emirates.
After a bright start to his career and an FA Cup win in his first season, the departure of Arsene Wenger in 2018, following his decision to sign a lucrative contract signalled the beginning of the end.
Emery’s arrival prompted a fall out and his situation has deteriorated under Mikel Arteta, to the extent he has now found himself frozen out of the Gunners’ 25-man squad for the Premier League.
Defending his treatment of Ozil, Emery, now in charge of Villarreal, told Football.London: “I worked for one and a half years with Mesut and tried to help him, support him and achieve the performances for the team with him.
“Now I don’t know what the problems are as I am very concentrated and focused with Villarreal.
“I follow every Arsenal match but I don’t know what the problems are with the team or the players. I can only speak about Mesut Ozil when I was with him there and I tried to achieve the best performances with him.”
Recent reports suggest Ozil could leave the Emirates Stadium this month as his career rolls onto a new chapter.
He’s been linked with an MLS move, while Turkish club Fenerbahce have also been tipped to sign the World Cup winner.
He said: “Everyone knows that Mesut is from Fenerbahce. He announced it yesterday. Mesut is not just a football player. Mesut is Fenerbahce.”
“I think it is very important that Mesut comes not only as a footballer but also as a lover of Fenerbahce.
“There is a process at the moment. We can’t say it’s over until we’ve signed it in the process. I hope so.”
By TalkSPORT Source