Reports of a rift between Arsenal pair Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery are reportedly ‘wide of the mark’, according to Football.london’s James Benge.
The journalist claims reports the duo had a spat before the 3-1 win over West Ham United in August 2018 are inaccurate.
Benge reports that the former Germany international is still doing what is asked of him in training, and was even voted as one of the five captains by his teammates.
However, it is being claimed that Ozil is thought to not be exceeding what is expected of him in training, something affecting his chances of playing.
Whatever is occurring behind the scenes at London Colney is showing on the pitch for Emery’s men as seen in a couple of Premier League games this season.
In the 2-2 draw away to Watford, Ozil proved crucial in the creation of the second goal, threading a pass through for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who squared for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score his second of the afternoon. However, what was damning was that the Gunners had just two shots after the German’s substitution, a clear sign of a lack of creativity (via WhoScored).
That theme continued last weekend with just one shot on target created from open play against Bournemouth, with the team struggling to create many chances without the 30-year-old playmaker, who was left out of the 18-man squad.
Whatever your thoughts on Ozil and his weekly pay at the Emirates Stadium are, it seems Arsenal need their best creator on the pitch, as shown by performances against two supposedly weaker teams. Watford are rock bottom of the Premier League table, while the Cherries have lost at Arsenal in their last five meetings to an aggregate score of 14-2 (via 11v11).
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