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Arsenal boss Unai Emery pleased with Mesut Ozil’s response to chat

Ozil scored one and produced a brilliant assist in Arsenal’s latest win.
By By Nick Purewal, | 2mo

Unai Emery believes a candid chat with Mesut Ozil has helped draw top form out of the Arsenal playmaker.

Ozil swept home a fine finish and conjured a magical assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsenal overwhelmed Leicester 3-1 in Monday night’s Premier League encounter.

Ozil was in vintage form as the Gunners registered their 10th win in a row in all competitions, leading to high praise from manager Emery.

Ozil captained Arsenal on Monday, and while Emery was pleased with the German’s leadership he insists there is no need to install the 30-year-old as the Gunners’ sole skipper.

“We have very clear captains,” said Emery.

“I think he can play every match with this commitment, behaviour and quality whether he’s captain or not.

“We want to demand this from him and from every player in every match.”

Arsenal moved fourth thanks to their victory, with Aubameyang claiming a three-minute brace after being brought on as a substitute.

Emery again downplayed any notion of the Gunners seeking out a Premier League title chase and insisted they will purely focus on the short term.

“I think we need to continue with calm, each match is a big chance to continue in our way,” said Emery.

“It was very important to win today, because Leicester are close to us.

“We are looking at who is in front of us, like Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea.

“But it’s important for us to think about that at the end.

“The important thing is the next match, the Europa League on Thursday (against Sporting Lisbon), and Crystal Palace on Sunday.

“And we have to keep working to improve in our way and tactically, to find the best performance.”

Leicester boss Claude Puel was left frustrated the Foxes were not awarded a first-half penalty for a handball by Rob Holding.

Puel also felt the defender should have received a second yellow card for the offence.

“I think of course we deserved another result, we played a brilliant first half, a fantastic performance with good quality, discipline and structure,” said Puel.

“In this game all the bad moments went against us.

Leicester felt hard done by at the Emirates Stadium (Mike Egerton/PA)

“It was a penalty and a second yellow card (for Holding). This could change the game of course.”

Puel confirmed striker Jamie Vardy was removed late on due to a stomach bug as Leicester finished the match with 10 players on the field.

The Foxes boss then joked Vardy could not stomach the Holding penalty decision going against his team.

“It’s a stomach problem, yes,” said Puel.

“He couldn’t digest the penalty decision!”



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