UNAI EMERY says out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil is still in his plans and has not thought about him leaving Arsenal.
Ozil, the Gunners’ top earner on a reported £350,000-a-week, could face Chelsea tomorrow having not even made manager Emery’s 18-man squad for last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham.
Aaron Ramsey also remains at Emery’s disposal until May despite signing a pre-contract agreement with Juventus.
On the prospect of German playmaker Ozil following Ramsey out of the Emirates exit door, Emery said: ‘I am not thinking about that. I am thinking about how he can help us.
‘He has helped us sometimes this year with good performances and others not good. After these two weeks working, maybe he can be okay for us.’
Emery admitted to holding talks with Ozil to try to improve his patchy form.
‘I’ve spoken to him because I want consistency,’ he said. ‘He’s had injuries and these injuries mean sometimes he is okay and sometimes he isn’t okay.
‘I want every player to give the same work everyday to be okay for every match. With Mesut it’s the same. He didn’t play the last matches but to me he is just like any other player.
‘This Saturday he can be with us if he’s okay. Now? He’s training consistently with his work over the past two weeks and I think he can be.’
It is understood Welsh international Ramsey passed his Juventus medical at the weekend and will join them when his Gunners contract ends. But he may still have a role to play this term as Emery has no cash for permanent buys during the January window, even if loans are possible.
The manager, meanwhile, brushed off reports head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is set to depart after a year in the job.
‘No, no. Today, for me, the normality is working with him,’ Emery said.
‘When I spoke with him it was all normal.
My relationship with him for transfers in the last two or three weeks, we are speaking about that.’
Ozil didn’t play the last matches but to me he is like any other player
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