Mesut Ozil Has Message For Arsenal Boss Unai Emery Regarding His Position

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LISBON, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 25: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal FC warms up during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Sporting CP and Arsenal at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 25, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil has at times been played on the right of attack by Arsenal head coach Unai Emery but he remains adamant that his best position is as a No 10.

The debate over where Ozil should play is nothing new, the same question was asked during the Arsene Wenger era.

The playmaker of Turkish origin has made it clear that he will play wherever Emery decides but he had a message for the Spanish manager, making it clear what he thinks his best position is.

He told Sky Sports: “For me it is not my best position, I think my best position is as a No. 10 but at the end of the day I have to accept and respect what the coach decides.

“So I have to give everything I can on the right side, it’s new for me but it’s fun for me as well, especially with the goals and I will continue to give my best on that side.”

Ozil did put on arguably his best performance of the season last weekend against Leicester City.

The 30-year-old captained the Gunners playing in a No 10 role, scoring the equaliser, playing a key role in the second and assisting the third.

The playmaker has however, played on the right and left-hand-side of attack this term.

Emery has had to juggle between Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Aaron Ramsey and Ozil to try and find their strongest positions in his side.

Arsenal have won 11 games in a row in all competitions and Ozil praised Emery for his desire to succeed at the club.

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“He’s younger and has brought in some Spanish specialists and wants to make everything perfect,” he added. “The team understand him and he has shown us his character and how he wants to play.

“Of course, we need time to understand everything completely but it is going well – he is a very good coach and as a player you can speak to him and he listens which makes everything easier for us.

“We are fourth in the table so we know we can achieve more and I need to show on the pitch my potential to help the team but I think so far it is going well, especially with the goals. I have to perhaps produce some more assists but it is going well.

“As a player, I want to win titles and I hope we can reach that with the team because we have the potential. We are on a good way but we know the Premier League and other competitions in front of us are hard but we will give everything to reach our goals.”