Unai Emery denies Ozil departure but wants consistency

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has denied that he’s looking to offload Mesut Ozil this month, but wants the German to start delivering consistently with the chance to catch Chelsea on the weekend in a small final.

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Emery speaking in his pre-match conference insisted Ozil will be available against Chelsea on Saturday with the chance to reduce the gap from a six-points in a small final according to the Gunners manager.

“I’ve spoken to him because I want consistency. He’s had some injuries and these injuries mean that sometimes he is okay and sometimes he isn’t okay,” said Emery.

“I want every player to give the same work every day to be okay for every match. With Mesut, it’s the same. He didn’t play the last matches but to me, he’s just like any other player. This Saturday he can be with us if he’s okay.”

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“I’m not thinking about that. I’m thinking about how he can help us this year with good performances,” added the Spaniard.

“He’s had injuries and not been okay to play matches, but now after these two weeks maybe this Saturday will be okay for him.”

Given Arsenal’s financial struggles, Champions League qualification for the first time in three seasons is even more vital.

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“I think Saturday is a big test and our first objective is to be in the top four,” added Emery.

“A win will take us closer to them. This will take us one step closer to our objective and this is the test.

“Over 38 matches some are small finals and Saturday for us is a small final.”

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