Arsenal boss Unai Emery offers no guarantees to Mesut Ozil amid Real Madrid rumours
Unai Emery says Mesut Ozil could still have a future at Arsenal, but refuses to offer any guarantees the playmaker will return to the starting line-up.
Ozil has struggled for game time since Emery was appointed manager in the summer, and has appeared for just 20 minutes in total since the middle of November.
He was snubbed earlier this week for their Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham, failing to even earn a place among the substitutes, with Emery confirming it was a ‘tactical decision’.
Reports suggest that he could leave the club on a temporary basis when the transfer window opens next month, with reports of a potential swap deal involving Real Madrid’s Isco.
Emery insists he is not planning to lose Ozil, however he warned the World Cup winner that his status as Arsenal’s highest-paid player does guarantee he will return to the team.
“I am not thinking about this situation,” he said when asked if the former Germany international could leave when the transfer window opens.
“He has scored three goals, he give us assists. Some matches we need different things tactically and individually. It’s not only for him.
“For me the player’s salary is not important for me, I don’t know the player’s salary because for me they are the same.
“Every player, I want to give them the same conversation or the same decision for play or not play.
“The most important thing for me is the commitment and they are every player with the commitment. And then when I decide they are not to play because of a tactical decision, it’s with him and another.
“If you are asking this is different because one is with more salary and the other is less salary, for me it’s the same.”
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Emery managed big-name players on lucrative contracts during his time at Paris St Germain, where the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.
While dropping Ozil has led to a lot of interest in the relationship between player and manager, Emery insists he is only concerned with what is best for his Arsenal side and not what others think as the Spaniard revealed Ozil is back in the squad for Saturday’s visit of Burnley.
“I don’t think how they are going to think outside (the club),” he added.
“I can explain here clearly my decision why. For example, for tomorrow every player is okay in the squad, for trusting in them to work the match tomorrow.
“My focus, my plan with them is to do the best match. If Mesut is in the first XI, the same. Trust in him help us with his quality.
“Mesut is OK (to face Burnley) I trust in him, I trust in our team, our players. We are going to play. Our game plan tactically, individually the best performance individual and to continue pushing with the players, giving them confidence, to take responsibility, rhythm.”
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