Unai Emery has underlined Mesut Ozil’s importance to Arsenal, admitting the German may start against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday
The 30-year-old is still waiting for a competitive debut in the 2019/20 Premier League season having skipped the opening three rounds of the league fixtures due to various reasons.
He and Sead Kolasican were absent from Arsenal’s clashes with Newcastle United and Burnley for security concerns after which the former Real Madrid man struggled for full fitness ahead of his side’s trip to Anfield.
However, Unai Emery is hopeful to see his playmaker back to action this weekend when Arsenal take on the crosstown rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.
“We need him,” the Spaniard said on the eve of Sunday’s showdown, “and [need] him first to be consistent in training, to be available in each match. For example last week he wasn’t ready to play 100% in Liverpool.
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“This week he is getting better with each training [session], and I think physically he is now better. He is closer to helping us.
“We need him because he is a different player in our team. He can help us with his quality.”
After squeezing past the Magpies and the Clarets, the Gunners have miserably failed at Anfield last time out, suffering a disappointing 3-1 loss to Liverpool.
A potential win over the Spurs may hand Arsenal a major boost in their pursuit of a top-four finish, and Emery has a legitimate right to hope for success here.
Not only that Tottenham’s last league victory at the Emirates dates back to 2010, but Arsenal have also come out on top the last two times these two sides have faced off at this venue.