Unai Emery confident Mesut Ozil wont copy Alexis Sanchezs tactics to force Arsenal transfer
The World Cup winner was named as one of Emerys five captains at the start of the season but has struggled to win over his new manager.
Ozil was left out of recent matches against Tottenham and Bournemouth for tactical reasons and has also struggled with the back and knee injuries which have ruled him out of the last two matches.
According to the Evening Standard, Emery has been encouraged by Ozils response to a challenging situation and has behaved in exemplary fashion, unlike Alexis Sanchez who became a disruptive and divisive figure in the dressing room before he forced a move to Manchester United almost exactly 12 months ago.
Ozil signed a lucrative long-term contract shortly after Sanchezs departure and his agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, insisted earlier this week remains happy at Arsenal despite struggling to adapt to Emerys demands.
I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesuts situation, but given the recent speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal, I do feel it is important to provide some clarity so we can end this and focus on football, Dr. Erkut Sogut told Goal.
Mesut signed a new contract last January because he saw his future at Arsenal and nothing has changed in his mind. He wants to stay for the duration of that contract and maybe even longer.
Mesut is 100 per cent committed to Arsenal Football Club. He loves the club, shares its values and does not want to be anywhere else.
He is proud to wear the shirt and honoured to represent Arsenal on and off the pitch. He takes his responsibilities – including being selected as one of the captains this season – very seriously and has a great relationship with his team-mates, the staff and fans. In the last year, there has been enormous upheaval for everybody at the club and the first half of this season has not been perfect for Mesut.
He has suffered from injuries and illness, and is working hard to adapt to the different system employed by head coach Unai Emery. This may take time, but Mesut will give everything he has to help make it work and bring success to Arsenal.
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