Mesut Ozil received another pep talk from Unai Emery at the start of Arsenal’s pre-season campaign last week.
The Arsenal manager has challenged him to be ‘the best Mesut Ozil’ this season after the £350,000-a-week playmaker found himself marginalised during the last campaign.
Ozil enjoyed untouchable status under Arsene Wenger, but that is longer the case under the Frenchman’s successor. Having struggled with knee and back problems last year, the 30-year-old admitted he had a ‘tough time’ because he was not trusted in away games and did not seem suited to Emery’s philosophy.
By the end of the season, Ozil had become a regular starter and now Emery is expecting big things.