When quizzed on the whereabouts of Mesut Ozil last week, Unai Emery gave the strongest hint yet that his continued and, presumably, permanent omission from the squad was a decision sanctioned by those at the top level of the club. Speaking to reporters ahead of the Crystal Palace match, the Spaniard said: “Here we have … Continue reading A shrewd move or management by PR? Unai Emery brings Ozil in from the cold
Arsenal gave themselves a near-perfect lead in to the weekend’s north London derby with a 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth on Wednesday. The Gunners built on victory over Southampton on Sunday by really turning on the style against the Cherries, racking up a hatful of goals and showing signs of much greater cohesion too. From an … Continue reading Arsenal 5 Bournemouth 1: Plenty for Unai Emery to ponder as Gunners go wild
Unai Emery faced the media ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with BATE Borisov tomorrow (Thursday). The boss touched on the Champions League, the role of the fans in helping the team win, and, inevitably, on Mesut Ozil. Here’s what he had to say: On what he wants to see from his side… For … Continue reading Unai Emery: ‘Ozil needs to be consistent and available in training to help us’
Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has said Aaron Ramsey’s departure from Arsenal will be a “loss” for the club. The Frenchman was answering questions ahead of the Laureus Sports Awards held in Monaco on Sunday and was quizzed on a wide range of topics, including Ramsey’s decision to sign for Italian giants Juventus. Here’s what … Continue reading Arsene Wenger shares his thoughts on Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey
If Arsenal entertain serious hopes of making it into the top four or into the latter stages of the Europa League, the deliberate omission of Mesut Ozil has to come to an end. Whatever you think of him, and there is no doubt he divides opinion, this squad is not improved by his absence, we … Continue reading Are Arsenal’s chances of success this season improved with Mesut Ozil frozen out of the squad?
Unai Emery’s pre-Chelsea press conference was fascinating for a host of reasons, chief among them the hint that he may have finally cracked Mesut Ozil. The testy relationship between the pair is widely known, despite the best efforts of both men not to allude to the elephant in the room, and Emery has made it … Continue reading Has Emery let Ozil in from the cold at last or is winter coming for the German?
Oft times, Premier League managers can be defined by their sound bites; a few choice sentences from an interview or a throwaway phrase in some programme notes. 'Dilly ding, dilly dong' evokes memories of Cladio Ranieri, for example, while 'sexy football' is inextricably linked to Ruud Gullit. For my own part, when I think of … Continue reading ‘At certain times you have to provoke friction with footballers’