Although some midweek illness casts doubt over Mesut Ozil’s participation for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley, Unai Emery says the German and Sead Kolasinac are 100% mentally ready to play for the club again.
The duo were left out of last weekend’s 1-0 win over Newcastle because of ongoing concerns over their safety. However, after two men were arrested during the week, both returned to training and the Spaniard has no concerns about their ability to play if selected.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s first home game of the season, Emery was asked if they were mentally read to play, replying, “100 per cent. We think their mentality is good and their focus is with us. My focus is to be positive and I want to help them to live with normality.
“They came back to train with us on Tuesday. We had it off but they came back to start training. Mesut didn’t train yesterday with illness but he trained today.
“They are both good options, I will take the decision if they can be with us on Saturday, we will wait for tomorrow.
“I am pleased they are back, of course. For us, for me first they are a person, then a player. We continued in our way with all the players. When they are training consistently, it is good news for us because they can help us.
“It is positive that they are with us now. The club is working and helping them about their security. I am helping with them to focus on training and preparation.
“At the moment they are calm and the club is working with them.”
The fact they are in consideration suggests that some positive developments have been made to the overall situation, and that’s good news for the players and their families.