Unai Emery admits he was ‘amazed’ by Mesut Ozil’s goal against Bournemouth in midweek but refused to confirm the mercurial playmaker will maintain his place in the Arsenal team ahead of Saturday’s north London derby.
Ozil was handed his first Premier League start in a month on Wednesday and rewarded his manager’s renewed faith with a virtuoso display which included his first goal since October as he showcased his trademark bounce finish.
‘Each player has their skills.
Ozil has the confidence to shoot like that, I think it’s amazing that football can have players can have this skill and do different things on the pitch,’ said Emery.
Despite his impressive return to form, Emery refused to offer Ozil any guarantees ahead of the trip to Wembley where the Gunners will look to reduce the gap to their great rivals to a solitary point.
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‘We are doing a plan for a lot of matches,’ said Emery. ‘Each match is different. Home, away, depending on the opposition.
‘The most important thing is every player is OK for tomorrow.’ Ozil has rarely featured away from home in recent months due to illness, injury and tactical reasons but his absences haven’t resulted in improved results on the road.
On how the 30-year-old has reacted to being left out so regularly, Emery revealed: ‘He had injuries, his back, then he was sick. That’s the reason.
I spoke with him, I spoke to yo telling that when he can be consistent, available for training, it’s better for us.’