Nigel Winterburn: What I really think of Unai Emery at Arsenal

Rex Christensen
September 14, 2018

Unai Emery has challenged Mesut Özil to become more dominant in Arsenal's matches.

With Ozil having retired from worldwide football, Emery has had a prolonged opportunity to work with his highest-profile and best-paid player over this past fortnight and is adamant that they do have a strong relationship.

Emery, though, is ready to treat Saturday's trip to Newcastle United, Arsenal's first game after the global break, as a clean slate for his players, including Ozil.

Goalkeeper: Once again, Petr Cech looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet during the win over Cardiff City last time out but I still don't think Emery is going to bring in Bernd Leno just yet. "I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances".

"For me, it is a new moment", said Emery.

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Ozil's retirement from global football came after he made claims of racism from the German football association. But Emery is hoping the extra rest and training sessions during the global break - the first since Ozil announced his retirement from Germany - will help the star midfielder find his feet again. "After six years here, I came and I know him as a new Nacho Monreal", Emery said at a press conference.

"The best managers are those who work out quickly what they want and the period for assessment is now over".

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis' future looks less certain, though, with AC Milan having re-opened negotiations with him.

Emery insists he has had no talks about Gazidis leaving. In this process, we will work, we will help him, give him the possibility on the pitch to be together, to find his qualities for us.

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