Arsenal boss Unai Emery hints at how he plans to use Mesut Ozil this season

The German put a tumultuous week behind him by scoring the opener as Arsenal routed a makeshift PSG in Singapore

Ben Burrows
Saturday 28 July 2018 16:28
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Unai Emery has offered an insight into how he plans to use Mesut Ozil this season.

The German put a tumultuous week behind him by scoring the opener as Arsenal routed a makeshift PSG to end their pre-season tour of the Far East on a winning note.

Ozil, who called time on his career with the national team last weekend, was deployed further forward than you might normally expect and was integral as the Gunners put the French champions to the sword.

And Emery, who took over from Arsene Wenger earlier this offseason, is keen to make the most of the 29-year-old and get the best out of his undoubted talents.

"We want to give him and our players the best position they feel most comfortable in on the pitch," he said. "He started today at No.10 with Matteo and Mohamed behind him. The first one would go up and then find him between the lines, or sometimes Mkhitaryan.

"When we do have the ball, we can press with the striker and a No 10 almost like a 4-4-2 in a press. But It depends because Mesut can also play on the right and go inside, driving in to open up space for the right back.

"We want to find a space for him and the other players where they can use their qualities through good positioning. I think in the first half today we played good with quality players, but I want to improve this pressing.

"In the second half they were tired, but the young players gave us the pressing back and allowed us to change our positions and play with three in midfield (one holding and two ahead)."

Ozil was named skipper for the clash in Singapore and Emery revealed afterwards he intends to appoint as many as six captains for the season ahead.

Ozil is set to be a key player for the Gunners this term

"We are working together and giving the responsibility to the player," he added of Ozil. "I think he can take the responsibility like a captain, but not forget [Laurent] Koscielny because he is continuing like a captain with us.

"Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey played as captains in friendly matches. I’m thinking maybe of one or two more players also to take responsibility for every player and for the team."

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