Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil still has plenty of friends in the dressing room – despite the fact he could be left out for the clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
The World Cup winner is said to be a distant figure in training, but is still a popular figure with his team-mates – with two in particular ready to back him.
Ozil has been in and out of Emery’s Gunners side all season, but started the Europa League defeat by Rennes last time out – although he failed to make a telling impact.
But The Times reported that Emery could leave the midfielder out once again when Arsenal take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United this weekend.
The paper claims that there are three reasons the Arsenal boss could overlook Ozil .
The first of these is that Emery doesn’t think Ozil works hard enough off the ball, the second is that he doesn’t think the German tracks back enough, and thirdly he allegedly believes the midfielder pulls out of challenges.
The Times reports that Ozil is generally well liked by the Arsenal squad and considered a consummate professional. Ozil’s conduct is said to represent a stark contrast to that of Alexis Sanchez , whose histrionics and desire to force a move to Manchester United drew resentment from the squad managed by Arsene Wenger .