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Emery wants Ozil to fight for fu­ture

- By SAMI MOK­BEL Sports · Soccer · Mesut Özil · Arsenal F.C. · United Arab Emirates · Tottenham Hotspur Football Club · Real Madrid F.C. · Madrid · Manchester United F.C. · Manchester · London · Arsene Wenger · Paris Saint-Germain FC · Paris · Neymar da Silva

UNAI EMERY wants Me­sut Ozil to fight to re­vive his flag­ging Arse­nal ca­reer. The Ger­man’s fu­ture at the Emi­rates is un­der a cloud af­ter he was omit­ted from the last two matches — although Arse­nal are adamant Ozil was in­jured for Sun­day’s epic 4-2 win over Tot­ten­ham. De­spite his ob­vi­ous doubts over Ozil, it is un­der­stood Emery be­lieves the ex-Real Madrid star can play a role for the club. But the Gun­ners man­ager wants to see a change in at­ti­tude from Ozil if he is to be con­vinced the for­ward has the ap­petite to claw his way back into the team. He is likely to miss to­mor­row’s show­down against Manch­ester United — Emery in­sist­ing yes­ter­day that Ozil trained alone in a bid to over­come the back prob­lem that ruled him out of the north Lon­don derby. The ex­tent of the in­jury is un­clear. In­deed, there is a feel­ing among cer­tain fig­ures at the club’s Lon­don Col­ney HQ that Ozil could have made him­self avail­able for the Tot­ten­ham game. Emery is un­der­stood to have held a frank dis­cus­sion with Ozil to­wards the end of last month when he out­lined in no un­cer­tain terms what he ex­pects from his No 10 — par­tic­u­larly in terms of in­ten­sity and work ethic. It is not that Ozil is a prima donna. He is a pop­u­lar mem­ber of the squad, de­scribed as a quiet man who is no trou­ble. ‘He doesn’t ever moan, he just gets on with things,’ said one source. Ozil’s po­si­tion as Arsene Wenger’s golden boy cer­tainly made him a pow­er­ful pres­ence in the dress­ing room. But in the space of four months, Emery has changed that. Sources in­sist the Spa­niard is keen to avoid the sce­nario he en­coun­tered at Paris Saint-Ger­main where Ney­mar called the shots. The Gun­ners know find­ing a buyer for a 30-year-old who is on £350,000-aweek will be eas­ier said than done.

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