Former Arsenal man Gilberto Silva has urged playmaker Mesut Ozil to up his game and prove manager Unai Emery wrong.
The German midfielder has been frozen out by the Spaniard this season, featuring in just two of the 11 games so far (via Transfermarkt).
The former Brazil international also expressed his sympathy for the 30-year-old, saying it has been ‘very hard for him’.
He said: “There have been a lot of stories about him, whether he would play or not. I am not close enough to understand what is going on.”
“Obviously, he is a good player and I am sure it has been quite hard for him to see the game from our side. It’s about him to work hard and send a message to the manager that he is ready and that he wants to play.” (Source: Sky Sports via HITC)
The signs so far suggest that Ozil could be on his way out of the club sooner rather than later. The former German international hasn’t made the squad for any of the last three games in all competitions.
Emery was very forthright in his reasoning for leaving Ozil out of his squad following the 4-0 win over Standard Liege last week, claiming other players deserved to be in the squad ahead of him (via Sky Sports).
He explained: “When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more.” (Source: Sky Sports)
The statistics suggest Emery is getting it horribly wrong by leaving Ozil out of his starting XI, never mind his squad. In the last game against Bournemouth, Arsenal had just two shots on target throughout the 90 minutes, with both of them coming in the first-half (via BBC). In terms of the squad, the highest number of key passes played per game this campaign is 1.7, lower than the 1.9 Ozil managed last season.
Arsenal’s creativity is not at the level required, as seen over the course of the season. It’s baffling as to how Emery can justify leaving out a talented playmaker who showed his quality with the pass for Arsenal’s second goal versus Watford.
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