Unai Emery has said that the Mesut Ozil we saw on Wednesday night against Liverpool was the Mesut Ozil ‘everyone wants’ and then seemed to take credit for making him that way.
The German, who has been sidelined all season, was brought back into the fold following the events against Crystal Palace when Granit Xhaka told fans to ‘f**k off’ and the crowd sang Mesut Ozil’s name louder than any other song. Ozil, it seems, just happens to have hit Unai Emery’s required heights the same week.
How fortunate for the Spainiard…
Of course, this is all nonsense.
As an Arsenal coach revealed, Mesut Ozil in training was never the problem and he didn’t do anything different against Liverpool than what we saw when he was picked against Nottingham Forest or Watford earlier in the season.
“I spoke with him on Tuesday,” Emery said. “I said to him every time what my plan is with him. When he’s available, when he’s training well, when he’s consistent, when he’s positive he can help us a lot.
“Now I am seeing him positive and consistent. On Wednesday, with his performance in Liverpool, I think this is the way we want. Also I am helping him, supporting him, demanding of him. This is the Mesut I think everyone wants.
“He has big experience. When you talk about players who are ready to play under high pressure, one is Mesut Ozil. I think he has confidence and I think he has respect.
“When he is in that positive way, when he is available consistently, he has the respect from us and from every supporter.”
As we all know, Unai Emery hasn’t got a clue what to do with creative players, so him taking credit for ostracising Ozil and then bringing him back when the crowd turned so toxic a full-blown revolution was around the corner is just laughable. He’s trying to keep his job and he knows to do that he needs the fans on side.