Emery: Mesut Ozil is showing us his quality

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The relationship between Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery hasn’t always been perfect this season, but it looks like the two have found a connection at exactly the right time.

The Spaniard has shown his faith in the playmaker and been rewarded with some excellent performances of late, and the German was in-form again as the Gunners beat Newcastle 2-0 at the Emirates tonight to move into third place.

Speaking afterwards, the Arsenal boss was keen to praise the 30 year old, as well as goalscorer Aaron Ramsey, for their contributions to the win.

On the game, which started slowly, he told the BBC, “We were improving little by little and our first goal helped us a lot.

‘Mesut Ozil has quality, when he can find the best performance for the team, he is playing like we want with the system and how tactically we want. He is giving us his quality.

“I think Aaron Ramsey is happy, he is helping us and is playing with a very good performance and scoring.

“Each energy from the players is very important for us and he is doing that. We are at the most important moment of the season.

“We are making progress in the table but we know it is difficult, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United are going to win a lot of games.”

The removal of Ramsey during the second half will lead to worries about him, but fingers crossed it’s nothing too serious.

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bayonle
bayonle

We are back above Spurs
The will forever remain beneath us

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

‘We hate Tottenham, we hate Tottenham’ 📢

yea mon
yea mon

yes i agree we do hate tottenham

yea mon
yea mon

let’s not get carried away still a lot of games remaining

btw
btw

Best points, best GD, best schedule, we should get 4th at least.

yen
yen

I don’t know about this “best schedule” thing – just because we don’t have to face any of the TOP6 opposition doesn’t make it necessarily easy considering we get to play all TOP7-10 away from home. Furthermore, it’s Burnley at Turf Moor, never an easy one. Hopefully they secure their place in PL by then and are on the beach.

Spurs, though, have 5 out of 7 games at (new) home and I reckon there could be a thing such as “a new stadium boost.” Also, the toughest opposition is Everton. The other 2 is Man City and Huddersfield away. They’ll be out of CL soon, so their focus will be on PL for last 5 games only.

yen
yen

Made a mistake – it’s not City and Huddersfield away, but City and Bournemouth away. They actually face Huddersfield at home between their CL ties… could they get any luckier?

Goonereality
Goonereality

I hope that you’re right, but I think you’re just too confident at this stage. We have great home form but poor away form – and five of the remaining seven games are away. Dropping points just a couple of times in any of these games could be the difference between getting a top four and not.

kaius
kaius

Incredible man-management from Emery to be honest

And you can tell from his post-game interview that Özil is a very mature guy, when they asked about him as an individual he answered by talking about the team. Good leadership all round

A P
A P

Incredible man management? Wonder hope the table would look if Emery allowed Ozil to show his quality more earlier in the season.

lacabloodclaatzette
lacabloodclaatzette

Ozil took his position for granted under Wenger. If he started earlier he might of still be having inconsistent games.

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

Having gathered as many points as last season with 7 games to spare, with 3 season long injuries and no January transfers in his 1st season, I would say that we should at least give credit to Emery FCOL…

Cycs
Cycs

1 January transfer (loan)!

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

He played him in most of the unbeaten run. People have short memories indeed. You must one those who think the player was always performing at this level. And just suddenly the coach decided to bring him out of jail because he listens to fans moaning.

Cycs
Cycs

Ozick wasn’t pulling his weight earlier in the season!

Cycs
Cycs

Ozil…

Goonereality
Goonereality

Finally it seems that Ozil is beginning to justify at least part of the £18 million a year he’s now getting (never mind the £42 million transfer fee). If we’re honest, until recently he hasn’t done so on a consistent basis since we signed him. Anyway, if he can make a difference now, all to the good. I think we should wait and see how he does in the remaining games most of which are away from The Emirates, which could well be a factor. If he keeps it up, I’ll certainly give him three cheers.

Devlin
Devlin

The fastest player to 50 pl assists, without a top striker in front of him, is only now beginning to justify his transfer fee? This isn’t even the best Ozil we have seen at Arsenal. Lets stop having short memories and remember that this is a player who has played better than this, and his early season form, while not as bad as its made out to be, did coincide with him being basically disowned by his home of birth.

Emery hasn’t handled him right, but that is in the past now. Ozil can perform better and now he has quality around him to perform well, lets see if the manager has the tactical flexibility to get the most out of this squad. So far, Emery hasn’t been perfect, but he has done really well. His man management failure with Ozil, shouldn’t overshadow where he has placed Arsenal this season.

Cycs
Cycs

I gave you a thumb up for everything except the fact that you do not know the man Olivier Giroud is a top top striker (different, rare, exquisite, unique, very dedicated)!

Cycs
Cycs

I doubt Emery would start him in away fixtures…!

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

The ref was a bastard. He was totally calling every fking decision against us. Takes the joy out of the game. They should give the bastard 3 game ban for his performance. What a joke!!! I feel like Neil Warnock right now. 😠😠😠😠😡

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Red faced, fat and sweaty?

VAR will solve the problem
VAR will solve the problem

I wonder how u feel when we actually lose…!

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil

I saw a different Ozil tonight. I know he runs a lot every match but not as effective as today, he did what Ramsey usually does in an Emery team. He pressed and pressed, so unsurprisingly Emery was very happy and had a very good ebening.

Mc1892
Mc1892

Totally agree. I’m sure his km are similar to usual but he moved so much more effectively, and in good positions, and actually with a fair bit of intensity. If he does do what I(/we)’ve been praying and add that facet to his game, well..

martin
martin

He’s always had that facet to his game You don’t become German player of the year 5 times without that ability

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

He didn’t played like this often in the Wenger years. Also, the style of play has nothing to do with German player of the year award.

martin
martin

Ozil was the most creative player in the Premier League in the first 3 years after he joined us and helped us win 3 FA Cups. To say he didn’t play as well in thee Wenger era is rewriting history

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

You’re conflating two different things; creating chances and being physically intense. No one is going to argue with Ozil’s creativity, especially in 2015/16, but his defensive contribution is quite another story entirely.

As for being the 5 time German player of the year, that’s certainly impressive but in the 5 years he’s been at Arsenal he’s only been Arsenal’s player of the season once (2015/16) and as a non-German Arsenal fan, that’s much more important to me 🙂 .

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Yup. In fact i notice somw guendouzi jogging moments when tracking back, which is more worrying. We need him to play st max intensity for 90 mins.

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

That’s his 150%.What more do you want 🙄

Cycs
Cycs

He’s still a young player and most definitely become a great in the nearest future…we’ll struggle to keep him after a couple of seasons (provided all goes according to plan)! He’s definitely world class material.

Santori
Santori

He’s a good man manager.

What these arm chair statisticians and tacticians fail to realise is we are not dealing with widgets. There are humans involved in the game so its never just quantifiable by numbers alone.

Unai went through a tough period with Ozil having to be left out but he is proven right.

The German has come back in hungrier and showing a bit of leadership.

he’s an expensive asset (arguable if we should have let this happen) but we have him so we need to maximise him. He can scale greater heights yet in his career.

Devlin
Devlin

Santori, I beg to differ with your point that he is a good man manager.

Emery’s history is littered with altercations with players. Most specifically, players whose quality and place among the elite within his squad or globally, have been a problem for him to relate to. There is a false sense of belief that having a dressing room where everyone is treated the same, creates a stronger team spirit or better performances. this just isn’t true, and there isn’t a track record of it succeeding at the highest level.

Ferguson knew that Cantona wasn’t like his other players, and adjusted to bring the best out of him by treating him how he needed to be treated. We have an example of the ice man. Dennis was not given the right treatment when he was at Inter, and he couldn’t thrive within that environment, but at Ajax and Arsenal, he was given the right type of environment and treatment by his managers to make him comfortable.

you are right when you say “What these arm chair statisticians and tacticians fail to realize is we are not dealing with widgets. There are humans involved in the game so its never just quantifiable by numbers alone.” this also applies to the personalities of the players as individuals, and Ozil is one of those rare types of top player, who needs a certain type of treatment. Even if people don’t like it, but this isn’t a teacher and student relationship where what the teacher says goes and a certain reaction is expected. Baggio, Cantona, Zidane, Requelme, Zico, Garrincha, Totti, Platini, Hagi, Laudrup, Bergkamp and the list goes on.

Ozil is a top player with the stats to back up his status. He is our marque player, but not in the modern game’s stereotypical sense. Ozil’s game is based on facilitating the play for his teammates, he plays to make his teammates better.He cant be accused of being selfish, on or off the pitch. Our star player is probably the ultimate team player, unlike the star players around the league who are usually strikers or players who finish off moves, he is not the one to take the plaudits for his best performances because they reflect in his teammates performances and stats. he is also reserved, unlike the stereotype of star players. To create a fractious environment to get the best out of him is not wrong with most players, but if it doesn’t work, we shouldn’t hide it. Ozil has played better than this and consistently, people just use our results to paint him badly. He is the only player who is seen as a disappointment for his team not winning more, while Sanchez apparently isn’t a disappointment, even if they won and lost the exact same amount.

Emery has had success with players he has brought through, taken from obscurity or those whose natural game already suits his requirements from players. Good man management shows in the face of conflict, where a quality player’s attributes are completely outside your preferred choice, and you find a way to keep him content and believing in what the side is doing. The player does not need to be playing to reflect good man management, his confidence and team spirit will remain high.

Good man management wouldn’t have lead to the 4 month sense of friction and general bad vibes lingering around. Carl Jenkinson is an example of Emery’s man management. He is upbeat, positive and always complementary of the direction Emery is taking not just the club, his personal development as well. All of this is without him playing as many games as he might like, but again, this is where my point about emery stems from. He is good at man management of lower quality or development players. The biggest stars? He has been found wanting, even at Sevilla.

Ozil’s treatment is an example of bad man management, not good man management.

Moxrex
Moxrex

Very well written answer. Totally agreed

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

Considering the arguably justifiable but somewhat short-termist criticism of Emery a few monts back, boy is he really starting to show his calibre as a manager.

The team is playing with real structure, identity and carachter.

It is clear that the players have responded positivley to him and are working hard under his instruction. He’s also managed to reverse our perception as the PL’s banter club of recent times, bar the odd Mustafi blunder that it is abundantly clear is just plain impossible to fix.

Emery is doing exactly what was required in extracting the full potential out of this talented squad, even with Ozil on board via what in hindsight looks to be stringent and effective man management. Also keeping Auba and Laca, two £50 mil central strikers, happy and firing all season is no is no small feat.

To be ahead of Man U, Chelsea and Spuds and looking confident facing into the latter stages of the EL is a fantastic state of affairs.

I’m trying to not get carried away in the current run of good results but at the same time, I think that Emery deserves real credit for what he has delivered in the past 10 months since he’s been appointed. He is proving himself to be a real asset to our club.

Ronny
Ronny

“Arguably justifiable” . I am sorry what?! Football fans have very little knowledge about proper football. None of the criticism bestowed on him was objective ever. No one sees what he sees when he takes his decisions. Most fans talk out of their arse, so no most criticisms against Emery are not justifiable at all.

Chennai Guy
Chennai Guy

I think Ozil has all ways been most effective when he has someone like Sami Khedira or Ramesy playing in central midfield. Some one who can makes runs into the box from Central midfield

6gunner
6gunner

I don’t think it’s any coincidence that as we have gotten better defensively, Özil has gotten more playing time.

Stroenk
Stroenk

When ozil plays, he always makes himself free, and he keeps the ball moving and arsenal are able to retain more possession. It’s an unbelievable talent to make these precise passes in the final third and keep the ball ticking. But this performance would mean ozil would be heavily marked going against Everton so it’s gonna be another test all together.

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

The Ramsey injury was worrying. If we have serious ambition to finish third though then we need the collective effort from the team to achieve that. We need performances from everyone whether Ramsey is available or not.
Play like we have been and we should be ok. I’m a little worries by Leicester away as they are looking good again, and you just don’t know what you’re going to get with Everton either. I think those will likely be the matches that dictate our final position.

yen
yen

There’s Wolves & Watford away as well…

Sue

Ain’t that the truth!! Superb last night Mesut 👌

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Some of the fanboys won’t like it, especially the ones calling for Emery’s head only a couple of months ago, but he’s getting more and more out of Ozil. His man-management has been great and that’s showing itself through Ozil on the pitch. He looks hungrier and more consistent than he’s looked in a long time and it’s massively benefiting the team. Long may it continue.

Johnny Bud
Johnny Bud

I am quite happy to be wrong about Emery and Özil ever working together. Real men put their differences aside when it matters. Great to see

Mpls
Mpls

Let’s not forget Ozil was also having health and fitness issues. He does look much fitter and healthier now by his energy level.