Arsenal boss Unai Emery believes Mesut Ozil is now ready to start away games for the Gunners.
The German midfielder has not been an immune figure in Arsenal’s starting line-up this season. In fact, his last start in an away fixture was when Arsenal visited Brighton on Boxing Day.
Emery claimed that there was no right moment to start him ever since and the reasons were plenty.
“Sometimes it was because we needed something different, sometimes it was because he was injured,” he said, according to Goal.
“Now he is OK, he is training every day. He can play with two systems, 4-2-3-1 which maybe for him is the best, but sometimes we are playing 4-3-1-2 and he is playing like a team player. Also sometimes 3-4-1-2. Sometimes he can also play on the right side or the left.
“For me, the most important thing is for him to be ready, to be available to us, to help or play and he is now in this way.”
Emery added: “He’s working very well, playing very well, he’s helping us. I’m very happy with him. I think the team has a good atmosphere, good spirit with each player helping us with their qualities and good behaviour.
“That’s the spirit I want, they are doing that, and Mesut is like the others [in that regard].”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confessed that he wanted to sign Juan Mata during his time as head coach of Barcelona.
The Manchester United midfielder had previously plied trades for Valencia, thus making him a viable candidate for a transfer to Barcelona, thanks to the experience of playing in Spain.
Guardiola admitted that due to the excess of personnel in midfield, the transfer was not feasible.
“He’s an exceptional player,” said Guardiola, according to Goal.
“One of the players I like the most – not love because I don’t know him well, but one of the players I like the most.
“From Valencia, always in Barcelona, we took an eye to try to bring him to Barcelona, but the problem was we had a lot of midfield players.
“That was a little bit the problem, but he is an incredible player. He played really well at Chelsea and United.”
Jordan Henderson believes Jurgen Klopp’s never-say-die attitude is responsible for Liverpool’s habit of snatching late wins.
Klopp’s Reds scored in the final 10 minutes for the third successive Premier League match during Friday’s 3-1 success at Southampton to return to the top of the table.
Captain Henderson came off the bench to inspire the comeback win on the south coast, assisting Mohamed Salah’s superb 80th-minute effort before tapping home to end the contest six minutes later.
The vital victory, which followed late winners against Fulham and Tottenham, puts Liverpool two points ahead of title rivals Manchester City, albeit having played a game more.
Henderson credited manager Klopp for the team’s desire to battle for the full 90 minutes.
“The manager has been big on that. He was big on that when he first came in a few years ago – that no matter what happens in the game, we still fight right until the very end,” Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com.
“That is what we have been doing for a long time now and we need to keep that mentality going and not stopping until that final whistle goes.
“It was a must-win (game), we knew that, so it’s a big result for us going forward.”
England international Henderson and fellow midfielder James Milner were dropped to the bench by Klopp at St Mary’s following Sunday’s last-gasp win against Spurs.
The pair were introduced as a double substitution 31 minutes from time with the score level at 1-1 after Naby Keita’s first goal in English football cancelled out Shane Long’s early opener.
Asked what his manager said before he came on, Henderson replied: “Make a difference.
“Use our experience and then make a difference. Help the lads, get them going because we were under a bit of pressure.
“We kept going right until the end and we kept fighting and thankfully we managed to score a couple of goals and win the game.”
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