Unai Emery says Mesut Ozil will travel to Liverpool for tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup clash at Anfield and revealed he’s had a productive face-to-face chat with the German about his role in the squad.
The German hasn’t played the Gunners beat Nottingham Forest 5-0 in the last round of the competition in September and last week the Spaniard revealed that the decision not to include the midfielder was signed off by officials higher up the chain of command.
Despite links with a move to the MLS, Ozil said in a recent interview with The Athletic that he has no intention of quitting the Emirates before his contract ends in 2021 and that he’s eager to regain a starting place.
Since then, he was caught on camera having an awkward interaction with the head coach in training and not long after posted a cryptic message that appeared to hint at growing dissatisfaction at his circumstances.
Asked for an update on Ozil, whose name has been pointedly sung by the supporters at the last two home games, Emery said: “He’s in the group so he has a chance to play.
“We have had this morning a very good conversation, Mesut and Me, and I said to him I haven’t changed my idea about him.
“He knows what I want from him because it’s the same as last season in the first day of pre-season training when we had a conversation.
“It’s the same as one month ago and in that way, some circumstances weren’t helping us in every moment to be consistent or available to play. But I will say I think the last weeks he has progressively been training well and adding his spirit to help us.
“For example, our conversation this morning was because I wanted to listen to him about how he’s thinking now to help us and be with us tomorrow. Then if we are in the same spirit and the same idea, to play.
“It was a very good conversation and tomorrow he’s in the group.”
On what he wants Ozil to bring to the team, he added: “We need his quality, his skill and his consistency. We need his positive mentality and then he will help us on the pitch.
“That’s the next step. I think he’s done the steps before, and now I want the steps like in pre-season and one month ago to help us on the pitch.”