Özil’s ambiguous praise for his new coach
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Mesut Özil talks about his recent difficult time at Arsenal. The former international praises the new London coach Mikel Arteta in top tones. It becomes clear what he saw as going wrong in the past.
ex international Mesut Özil wants to fulfill his contract with Arsenal that runs until 2021, but he does not rule out a change of club after that. “I am happy that I have another year after the season,” said the 31-year-old in an interview with BeIN Sports. “I don’t know what will happen in the future, and I’m excited about it.”
In the conversation, Özil also looks back on the past months, in which he was often only on the bench or was not in the squad at all. He had a “difficult time” behind him, “especially with the old coach” Unai Emery. Under the Spaniard, top earner Özil no longer played a role in London, but the 48-year-old Spaniard had to leave at the end of November 2019 and was later replaced by his compatriot and ex-Arsenal professional Mikel Arteta.
Özil praises the new man in the highest tones, his words are ambiguous. From the veneration of Arteta you can also hear the mistakes that Emery had made from Özil’s point of view. “You can tell that he is hungry, has learned a lot and wants to help the team,” said Özil, who is back in central midfield under Arteta.
“All players shine and enjoy the time”
“He is the right man in the club. We are on the right track, ”said the former Schalke player. “Arteta brings us back to the old Arsenal virtues. Fighting, possession of the ball and control of the game. He knows exactly what we need. All players are happy and laughing – that’s what we need. All players shine and enjoy the time. ”
This is exactly what the team “missed in the past few months”. The Gunners team will “do everything possible” to be in the top four at the end of the season. Arsenal are currently in tenth place. This will change under Arteta, believes Özil: “Arteta knows how to hire us and leads us to success. He can show us everything he has learned in his long career. “
Another swipe. Unlike Arteta, who played for Arsenal for five years, Emery was just an average football professional at rather small Spanish clubs before his coaching career.