Mesut Ozil’s midweek performance in the Carabao Cup for Arsenal may have paved the way for a much-need Premier League recall, suggests manager Unai Emery.
The 31-year-old featured for only the third time this team as the Gunners were edged out on penalties at Anfield, but left a keen impression before his substitution just beyond the hour mark.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s key top-flight encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers, however, Emery has indicated that the attacking midfielder may feature once more.
In particular, the Spaniard alluded to a greater attitude from Ozil in training as key to his prospective return to the fold once again, having last played in the Premier League in September’s draw with Watford.
”He is in the squad and I think he has the possibility to play,” Emery said.
”I spoke with him on Tuesday. I said to him every time what is my plan with him. When he’s available, when he’s training well, when he’s consistent, when he’s positive he can help us a lot.
”Now I am seeing him positive and consistent. On Wednesday with his performance in Liverpool, I think this is the way we want. Also I am helping him, supporting him, demanding of him. This is the Mesut I think everybody wants.
“He has big experience. When you talk about players who are ready to play under high pressure, one is Mesut Ozil.”