Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Arsenal boss Emery: I play Ozil in his preferred position

Arsenal boss Emery: I play Ozil in his preferred position

Arsenal head to the game following a 3-2 victory against Cardiff City in their last EPL fixture.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: "Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has had some stick for the way he has been setting his teams up so defensively, although the Magpies fans are still very much on his side". Here's the lowdown on what could turn out to be a fraught and emotionally charged game.

Unai Emery has stated that he is still unsure whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will start together against Newcastle.

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

Meanwhile, Newcastle may be forced to rest Salomon Rondon and DeAndre Yedlin after they made a late return from worldwide duty with Venezuela and the United States national team respectively. Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey have both returned to full training ahead of the Arsenal clash having been sidelined so far with thigh and knee injuries respectively.

What are the managers saying?

But Gunners boss Emery believes Ozil will be all the sharper after having a two week rest during the worldwide break having quit playing for Germany.

'As Arsenal rebuild and restructure the team, they have to stay around the top four and be in a position to challenge the teams above them, but I think this season has come too soon for the club. He can improve, he can do more. "And I want to push every player to be okay to help the team if for one minute, 30 minutes or half time or 90 minutes".

"He had a relaxing three days off at the weekend".

"Mesut, like other players, works very well here". The Uruguayan has been making substitute appearances, but Emery now looks as if he is ready to start the diminutive midfielder and pair him with Granit Xhaka at the base of Arsenal's midfield. However, I think we'll see him keep his place at the heart of midfield this weekend.

Asked about his tactics today, Benitez said: "Every game is different".

We all know of that person in our life who is just a bit slow with technology. We will try to do something that's enough to win the game.

"This is the moment to say to you that I have a good relationship with Mesut and I didn't say it to the groundsman not to water on the pitch, it's not true". We were missing a chance, and then maybe they would score. Many players who went on worldwide duty returned in time for Wednesday's training session, meaning that Arsenal have had plenty of time to prepare for this game without an apparent global football hangover.

"In terms of confidence to know that you can do, it's important".

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