Arsenal boss Unai Emery has delivered a cryptic response to rumours Mesut Ozil is set for a loan exit.
The German playmaker has been one of the Gunners’ most creative forces since joining the club from Real Madrid in 2013 but has had to face serious questions about his attitude in recent years.
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- Ozil has 32 goals and 52 assists in the Premier League for Arsenal.
- But the German has often faced criticism regarding his attitude.
- Ozil is now being linked with a January loan move away from the Emirates.
- Reports even suggest Martin Ødegaard is being lined up as a replacement.
- Emery says he will decide his “best squad”.
Even so, Emery recently announced Ozil as part of his five-man “leadership group” alongside Granit Xhaka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin.
But that hasn’t stopped speculation mounting about an imminent exit from the club, although Emery has kept his cards close to his chest.
“He’s our player now,” Emery told reporters of Ozil.
“We are going to train and after we are going to decide. I am going to decide the best first XI and in the squad also the best who can help us.”
Ozil has played just 71 minutes of Premier League football this season, during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Watford.
Emery wants more “love” for the Europa League
Arsenal face Belgian side Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Emery guided the Gunners to last season’s final having already won the competition three times with Sevilla and the Spaniard wants to see more “love” for Europe’s secondary title, which he sees as a trophy well worth lifting.
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“I want to feel that not just me loves this competition, that everybody loves it,” he said.
“We want to do something important. It’s one title, one way to the Champions League.
“We are going to play very good matches, we started against a great team, playing a very good match away. The response of the young players was amazing, one example is Bukayo [Saka].”