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'Ozil can take the responsibility of captaincy'

Mesut Ozil made a big impact on his return to the Arsenal team as we beat Paris Saint-Germain in Singapore on Saturday.

The German playmaker scored the opening goal within 12 minutes and afterwards Unai Emery was asked where his best position is.

This is what he told the media:

on Mesut Ozil being named captain…
We are working together and giving the responsibility to the players. I think he can take the responsibility, but let’s not forget Koscielny who is recovering with us. Then we’ve got Petr Cech, who captained us in a friendly match. Aaron Ramsey also captained us in a friendly and I am maybe thinking another one or two players can take responsibility for every player in the team.

on Mesut’s best position…
We want to give him and our players the position they feel most comfortable in on the pitch. He started today at No 10 with Matteo and Mohamed behind him. The first one would go up and then find him between the lines, or sometimes Mkhitaryan. When we do have the ball, we can press with the striker and a No 10 almost like a 4-4-2 in a press. It depends because Mesut can play on the right and go inside, driving in to open up space for the right back. We want to find a space for him and the other players where they can use their qualities through good positioning. I think in the first half today we played good with quality players, but I want to improve this pressing.  In the second half they were tired, but the young players gave us the pressing back and allowed us to change our positions and play with three in midfield

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