Unai Emery speaks out after starting Mesut Ozil against BATE Borisov

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Feb 2019 6:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link431Shares Advertisement Emery handed Ozil a rare start against BATE (Picture: Getty)Emery is hopeful that home advantage can push Arsenal’s over the line against a well-organised BATE side.‘We need to today to come back in our home, with our supporters, pushing every minute and being competitive,’ the Spaniard said.‘They showed us they’re competitive, defensively strong and today they will continue with this defensive work and we need passion, pushing every time, being clear with our game plan to do what we want.’MORE: Barcelona make Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford their ‘dream’ transfer Unai Emery speaks out after starting Mesut Ozil against BATE Borisov Comment Mesut Ozil has been in and out of Arsenal’s starting XI this season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is confident that Mesut Ozil will repay his faith after recalling the midfielder to his starting XI for the second leg of Arsenal’s Europa League last-32 clash with BATE Borisov.Arsenal started the match having to overturn a 1-0 deficit after a shock defeat in Belarus and got off to the perfect start as Zakhar Volkov’s 4th-minute own goal made it 1-1 on aggregate. Shkodran Mustafi headed home Granit Xhaka’s corner to extend the Gunners’ advantage before half-time.Ozil has been in and out of Arsenal’s team this season and has only played 102 minutes of first-team football since the turn of the year, but the German was handed a rare start at the Emirates on Thursday evening.AdvertisementAdvertisementHis most recent appearance came in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Cardiff at the end of January, in which he captained the side, and there have been reports that Emery is wary of using him in more physical encounters.ADVERTISEMENTOzil did not even travel to Belarus for Arsenal’s first leg against BATE, with illness cited as the reason for his absence.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked about his decision to start Ozil on Thursday, Emery told BT Sport: ‘He’s going to play today and I’m sure he’ll play a good match.‘We need every player, we need to build up, we need to progress with the combination.‘And then in the attacking third we need in the small spaces also need one to one, one two, we need to make behind and get in the box, be efficient with the crosses and also with the head and the foot.‘We need every players. Advertisementlast_img

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