Mesut Ozil’s stats from his last four games are showing a marked improvement when compared to his stats from earlier in the season.
While we can speculate until Christmas about the problems between Unai Emery and Mesut Ozil earlier in the season, but it seems like, for now, things are a bit better between the pair.
Many will put that down to Mesut Ozil seemingly upping his game, others might point to him no longer being injured as a key factor in the German being able to run more.
“Sometimes it’s because we need something different,” Emery told reporters before Arsenal’s game against Everton on Sunday when he was asked to explain his reluctance, at times, to start Ozil.
“Sometimes because he was injured. Sometimes he played because we need him and now it’s the same.”
“He is okay, he is training every day, he can play in two different systems, 4-2-3-1 which is probably his best position, or 4-3-1-2 and he is playing like a team player.
“In different systems, I think we can use him. We can use him also on the right side or the left.
“The most important thing is to be ready to help us, and he is now in this way.”
Ozil has started three of Arsenal’s last four Premier League games and is in line to start his first away match in the league since Boxing Day at Everton.
Against Newcastle on Monday night, Ozil won the ball back an impressive 10 times – his highest tally for ball recoveries in two years.