Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has aimed another swipe at former club manager Unai Emery suggesting that players never understood how the Spaniard wanted them to play in his time as manager of the club. The German fell out of favor under Emery but has been highly involved since the appointment of Mikel Arteta, and believes that there is still hope of a top-five finish for the club under the new boss.
He also believes that there is a clear message from Arteta on his playing philosophy at the club. In a chat with The National, whilst speaking on tactics, Ozil said:
“Everyone knows. Even the players – let’s say that after 60 or 70 minutes, if that player’s changing, everyone knows now in which position they have to play or how [the manager] wants to attack or make a lot of pressure on the opposite team. This kind of stuff.
“So, right now, everybody knows tactically that we’re improving.
“It’s just two months that Mikel has been here, and we have improved a lot tactically.
“Of course, now it’s hard times for us.
“It’s difficult to say because right now everything is not going well, but we know if everything is going well, if the confidence is back and if we take the right results, we will end in the top four, in the top five.
“We have to believe in ourselves, believe in us as a team, to do what the coach wants.
“We’re in a good way, you see it as well on the pitch, everyone enjoys, everyone is happy. As a player, you have to be happy to give everything on the pitch.”
Ozil’s latest comments are coming after Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno also claimed that Emery’s methods often confused the players on the pitch.
The stopper said: “The mentality out on the pitch, I don’t want to say it was a mess, but it was a bit confusing. Everyone was doing different things. We were not a team.”