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Unai Emery urges Ozil to embrace defensive duties

Unai Emery urges Ozil to embrace defensive duties

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has called on German midfielder Mesut Ozil to embrace defensive duties in the team this season.

The Gunners lost the first game of the season at the Emirates to defending Champions City who ran away 2-0 winners in what was equally Emery’s first game in charge.

The former PSG manager has rallied his squad to show full commitment ahead of Saturday’s London derby against Chelsea.

Ozil has been heavily criticised in recent years for a perceived lack of effort in most games and will be expected show more desire when defending for the team at the Bridge.

Unai Emery urges Ozil to embrace defensive duties

When asked about the defensive duties placed on Ozil during the defeat to City, Emery replied: “Every player needs to [defend] in the true moment of a match.

“There are defensive moments and attacking moments. Every player each needs this commitment. For me, we need to start together, whether we are attacking or defending. I want that from every player.

“The position, [Ozil] is playing all his career like a number 10-player, like a right-winger going inside to receive the ball.

“It’s clear he needs the ball more to give more options in the attacking moments. He needs to do [it] in each match, be demanding for us but defensive moments are for each and every player.”

Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri will be competing in their first London derby and fans of both clubs will be hoping they make a massive statement of intent in this tie.

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