Arsenal manager Unai Emery preparing for 'difficult' Newcastle United test

Aubrey Yates
September 14, 2018

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League football match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium in London, on October 20, 2015.

The Gunners' first game after the global break is against Newcastle United, and Emery feels it's an opportunity for Ozil and many others to get a fresh start.

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"The players have the habits to play in the global break, in important matches, defending their identity and when one player stops doing that, I think it is also good for them to focus only on their team", said Emery on Thursday.

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"For me, it is a new moment", said Emery. "I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances".

Ozil's retirement from worldwide football came after he made claims of racism from the German football association.

Emery admitted Ozil's first global break since his retirement will have been a hard adjustment for the player, but that the pair have been able to spend beneficial time on the training ground together.

"For Mesut it is important, for me also, (to have) this focus every day with us". "After six years here, I came and I know him as a new Nacho Monreal", Emery said at a press conference. However, I think we'll see him keep his place at the heart of midfield this weekend.

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