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How Ozil benefits from international retirement

Mesut Ozil has experienced his first international break over the past two weeks following his decision not to play for the German national team - so how has he found it?

Unai Emery was asked about it in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Newcastle - and this is what our head coach said:

on how Ozil will benefit from retiring from international football…
First the players have the habits to play in the international break, in important matches, defending their identity and when one player is finishing that, I think it is also good for them to focus only on their team. The reason for Mesut is important for me also, this focus every day with us, a relaxing three days off at the weekend. Mesut, like other players, works very well here and also working the ties and also together to improve things. Mesut, I look at him with the focus totally here.

on whether he missed international duty this break…
The first time, maybe, he could feel different but every day with us in the work, I look at him and he looks well and happy, working with our demands every day.

on his relationship with Ozil…
[We get on] very well. Here for me it isn’t for a lot of the time speaking about what people are telling us. I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances. Also I read this week in the newspapers in the match against Manchester City I say to the [groundsman], ‘Don’t put water on the pitch’ - it’s not true! 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 are continuing our process with our positive things and our work.


‘This is a new moment for Mesut Ozil’

Mesut Ozil

It’s been a while since Mesut Ozil felt fresh and completely rested after an international break, but he should have a spring in his step this weekend.

The World Cup winner has stepped down from the Germany national team and that’s good news for Unai Emery, who hopes that Ozil’s club can reap the rewards of his retirement.
Ozil showed glimpses of his best against Cardiff last time out and Emery is convinced we will see the best of him soon.
“For me it is a new moment, for us and for every player,” said the head coach.
“The reason we are working is to prepare each match with our players to have the possibility to arrive in Newcastle in the best condition for every player. That’s the same for Mesut. He working well. He is OK. I want to push them, I want to be demanding to prepare this match - Mesut the same.
“I want to find with him the possibility to do the best, to make decisive passes, to do more near and in the box to score. Also I think he is working for the team to help us with his quality.
“But he is feeling like I am feeling. He can improve, he can do more. In this process, we will work, we will help him, give him the possibility on the pitch to be together, to find his qualities for us.”
Ozil has been stationed on the right of our attacking quartet this season but Emery believes he can thrive in that role.
“In his career Mesut played like a 10 and on the right, coming inside with his quality,” he said. “Here he has played both. He is very convinced about that in my conversations with him about it. I usually give players the position they feel the best. Mesut is in these two positions.”


Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal v Real Madrid dream teams

Mesut Ozil is fortunate enough to have seen a number of legendary footballers play over the years.

From Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casillas at Real Madrid to Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp at Arsenal, our No 10 is spoilt for choice when it comes to picking his dream team.
So who would make it into Ozil’s five-a-side lineup for each side?
“I’ll start with Madrid,” he told Arsenal Player. “I think Zidane of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ramos, Raul… that’s already four or five. And obviously Casillas. Those players are legends and played a lot of games for the club, and won everything with the club.
“I could also say Roberto Carlos, Guti or Ronaldo, the Brazilian one, but I didn’t play with them. They’ve had really, really good players in the past.
“For Arsenal, it would be Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Ljungberg and the goalkeeper would be David Seaman. That’s my legendary team for Arsenal.”

Our legends will take on Real Madrid's at Emirates Stadium on Saturday - and tickets are still available here