Unai Emery defends relationship with Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil is *finally* set to play at Newcastle

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is hoping a break from worldwide football can help Mesut Ozil recover his best form at club level for the Gunners, AFP reports.

Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi is hoping to play a role in the Gunners English Premier League clash against Newcastle on Saturday.

"The players have the habits to play in the global break, in important matches, defending their identity and when one player stops doing that, I think it is also good for them to focus only on their team", said Emery on Thursday.

The France global made his first start of the season in the 3-2 win at Cardiff before the worldwide break and made a decisive contribution by setting up Aubameyang's first goal of the season, before scoring a late victor.

'After two weeks, after two months and now, I can say that I am very happy with him because he is 32 years old but I think physically, with his performances with us in matches, he is playing with a very good level.


Ozil's retirement from worldwide football came after he made claims of racism from the German football association.

All players on global duty last week returned in good health and are available for selection, Arsenal said. But Emery is hoping the extra rest and training sessions during the global break - the first since Ozil announced his retirement from Germany - will help the star midfielder find his feet again.

Gazidis made the decision for Emery to succeed Arsene Wenger, having overseen a restructure at the club by bringing in head of relations Raul Sanllehi from Barcelona and former Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment.

"Every conversation with him is speaking about us and about our work here every day", he said. However, I think we'll see him keep his place at the heart of midfield this weekend.

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