Frozen out by his manager, a return to the starting XI for the German will see the club move to another level, according to his close friend
Mesut Ozil has been ‘a bit unhappy’ with his current predicament at Arsenal, according to team-mate Sead Kolasinac, but has been backed to become a game-changer once he has been fully integrated into Unai Emery’s plans.
Ozil’s name has never been far from the headlines in recent years, with a meeting with controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparking a backlash from the German media and ultimately ending the playmaker’s relationship with the country’s national team.
At Arsenal, Ozil has gone from one of the first names on the team-sheet under Arsene Wenger to very much a bit-part soccer professional under Emery, with the Spanish boss even stating that the club’s youngsters deserved to play ahead of him.
The 31-year-old has upped the intensity of his training in recent times after being left out of several matchday squads, however, and Emery’s claims that he has been warming to the midfielder, coupled with a fine showing in the 5-5 thriller against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup in midweek, has fans eagerly anticipating more.
Kolasinac admits that Ozil has been rightly upset at not being selected, but feels that a man well known for his creativity will be back to his brilliant best soon and help the club push on to reach their goals.
“Mesut has been a really driven soccer professional,” Kolasinac told Premier League Productions. “He has been a bit unhappy at the minute but you would never see that in his training. He has been doing everything he can. He has been doing extra sessions to make sure he has been at the level he needs to be.
“Mesut has been Mesut. He has got a lot of special qualities.
“For example, the opposing team might put two players on him rather than one, which creates a lot of space for others. That makes a real difference on the pitch and in the game.
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“Everyone knows the quality he has, we have seen it. He has been one of the top players in Europe and I think he can achieve a lot and really help the team further when he’s back.”
Following Arsenal’s penalty shoot-out loss at Anfield, manager Emery was positive in his assessment of Ozil, leading fans to believe the star may have hit a turning point as the club look ahead to a Premier League clash with Wolves on Saturday.
“He was very positive every time and I think he played a very good match,” Emery said. “We have a match on Saturday and we will look at the possibility to use him again alongside other players. This has been the way sometimes.”