Arsenal boss Unai Emery makes Mesut Ozil admission ahead of Sheffield United match | Football | Sport
The 31-year-old was recently forced to snub claims that he will leave the club on loan in January, and is now working hard to get back into contention to play.
“I am speaking every day with Raul [Sanllehi], Edu and with the players,” Emery said before the trip to Bramall Lane.
“Our work is more important than our words and really now I am very happy at the club.
“I am really happy with the players.
“The last two, three, four weeks, every player – and Mesut Ozil – is working very well.
“This is why we can be positive and we can think we are going to do something important this year.
“I was speaking with Raul and this is the same idea when he is speaking with me.”
The Gunners will reclaim third place in the table should they secure all three points against Chris Wilder’s men, but their Spanish boss is taking nothing for granted.
“We have gained respect for them,” Emery said.
“They have a big atmosphere in their stadium and their coach’s career is amazing and how they are playing is the same to how they played in the Championship.
“They play with confidence and their style is to be offensive but they are still defensively strong.”
“He is 52 years old, a similar age to me and he has a big history behind him as both a player and a coach in England,” he added when asked about Chris Wilder.
“There are very good coaches in England with good experience and strong histories.
“Also, I love the fact that young English coaches are so prepared. I think now, the quality of the English coach is great.”
Arsenal travel to Sheffield to take on the Blades in the Premier League tonight at 8pm.