Unai Emery to limit squad rotation as Arsenal prioritise Europa League


Arsenal manager Unai Emery is hoping a break from global football can help Mesut Ozil recover his best form at club level for the Gunners, AFP reports. That's the same for Mesut. I look at him with the focus totally here.

'He is a very competitive coach and Newcastle, with the support they get in their own stadium, are very strong'.

Ozil has been in the spotlight after a stop-start season since Emery took charge but the £350,000-a-week midfielder is under pressure to start delivering for Arsenal.

Furthermore, Alex Iwobi, who missed the Cardiff game through illness has returned to the side, although Emery is expected to name a similar starting lineup to the Cardiff game, meaning Iwobi could play a role from the bench against Newcastle.

"I have proven with my experience to know the best way to manage the players, ' Emery said as his side prepare to face Rafa Benitez's Newcastle at St James" Park on Saturday. "Here he has played both", said Emery. However, I think we'll see him keep his place at the heart of midfield this weekend.

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'I think Manchester United and Chelsea will both battle it out to sign him if they feel he is seriously considering leaving Arsenal. "Mesut is in these two positions".

'Ramsey will want to find out Emery's plans for him and the signings he is looking to make before he decides if Arsenal can match his ambitions. "In this process, we will work, we will help him, give him the possibility on the pitch to find his qualities for us".

"When we opened this possibility that, when you win the Europa League, you play in the Champions League, this I think is the key to improve the interest in this competition".

Emery also admits that he doesn't know whether chief executive Ivan Gazidis is leaving to join AC Milan, having been made a lucrative offer to join the Serie A giants.

"For me it is a new moment, for us and for every player", Emery said of Ozil in his pre-match press conference. We will try to set a team up that can win with the tactics, and that's what I have to do.