After a good pre-season, Mesut Ozil found himself out of the team due to off field incidents, and has yet to feature this season.
It’s a frustration because he’d performed well during the US tour, and looked like he had left some of the baggage of last year’s campaign behind him.
He wasn’t included for the trip to Liverpool – something few were surprised at – but Unai Emery says the German is an important player.
“We need him,” he said. “First to be consistent in training, to be available in each match.
“For example last week he wasn’t ready to play 100% in Liverpool. This week he is getting better with each training and I think physically he is now better.
“He is closer to helping us. We need him because he is a different player in our team.
“He can help us with his quality.”
And Emery seemed to put it up to the 30 year old to produce this season, and pay back the support he’s been given by the club.
“It’s not in my control,” he said of his absence through illness.
“We are speaking a lot with every player, especially with him on whether he is not ready to play, he is sick or he has a circumstance like he had with Sead.
“We are here only to help him and support him, and after to demand that he is ready for training, because we need him in our way this year.”