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Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery opened up on Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe were among his biggest issues

talksport: Looking back, in a tell-all interview with The Guardian, the Spaniard highlights various problems out of his control which affected the club’s form, such as the departure of Aaron Ramsey and a lack of personal support from the Gunners hierarchy.

But his most scathing criticism is reserved for Ozil, the German playmaker who fell out of favour under Emery’s management.

“I spoke a lot with Ozil,” Emery said. “He has to be self‑critical too, analyse his attitude and commitment.

“I tried with all my might to help Ozil. Throughout my career, talented players have reached their best level with me. I was always positive, wanting him to play, be involved.

“In pre-season I told him I wanted to help recover the best Ozil. I wanted a high level of participation and commitment in the dressing room. I respected him and thought he could help.

“He could have been a captain but the dressing room didn’t want him to be. That’s not what I decided; that’s what the players decided. Captains are ones who have to keep defending the club, the coach, team-mates.”

Emery also revealed the club went against his wishes to sign Wilfried Zaha in order to get the relatively raw and unproven talent of Pepe for £72m last summer.

Pepe, Arsenal’s record signing, struggled to hit the ground running, and his lack of form undoubtedly contributed to Emery’s sacking.

“I told them: ‘This is the player I know and want.’ I met Zaha and he wanted to come,” Emery added.

“The club decided Pepe was one for the future. I said: ‘Yes, but we need to win now and this lad wins games.’ He beat us on his own.

“It’s also true he was expensive and Palace didn’t want to sell. There were a series of decisions that had repercussions.”

Source: Published by talksport

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Amarachi peace Ohabuchi
Amarachi peace Ohabuchi
18 days ago

God will heal him

Uzomacomfort
Uzomacomfort
18 days ago

They should go ahead with his plan if he really trust his ability that much

Ayodele Adeyemi Fortune
Ayodele Adeyemi Fortune
18 days ago

Everyone has a story to tell when he/she fails. New coach in a new country will always have issues with players on ground

Ayodeji Adeniyi
Ayodeji Adeniyi
17 days ago

A coach will always have problem if the club keeps dictating for him

Rotimi tunbosun
Rotimi tunbosun
17 days ago

All now football

Osuji Caleb Ikechi
Osuji Caleb Ikechi
17 days ago

He really wanted to bring out the best out from Ozil, the club didn’t help him

Rotimi tunbosun
Rotimi tunbosun
17 days ago

That’s football

Michael Josi
Michael Josi
17 days ago

I think that is his excuse to dismiss his inability to to make a good coach

Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
17 days ago

alright

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
17 days ago

Guess the ozil saga cost him his job and also the fans lost faith in him

PEDRO
PEDRO
17 days ago

Zaha is a good player

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
17 days ago

Sorry, your explanation is too late

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
17 days ago

Good update

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
17 days ago

U HV 2 feel sorry fr Emery… He myt not b d best coach bt he had his plans fr d club

Josbisco
Josbisco
17 days ago

Yes oh but ozil did not help

ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
17 days ago

Emery loses the dressing room not because of ozil or Ramsey.

Stanley
Stanley
17 days ago

Thats his own observation

Ikechukwu Osadebe Harry
Ikechukwu Osadebe Harry
17 days ago

A coach can’t expect all players in a team to get along with his style or personality.its diplomacy if he will succeed

Isah abdulmumeen
Isah abdulmumeen
17 days ago

We should be crying?

Ogunsola hammed Opeyemi
Ogunsola hammed Opeyemi
17 days ago

Gof will help you

Ademola wahab
Ademola wahab
17 days ago

I support unai on this, a coach knows exactly the kind of player he wants for the team, he needs solution right away and arsenal wants solution for the future, when you dont support his decision as the head coach then why do u sign him as the head coach, on mesut i wont agree with him on that, everybody knws ozil capability and strength, his a delite to watch when attacking but defensively is zero.

Unyime Udo
Unyime Udo
17 days ago

I suspected this but I can’t whether he’s sick.

Unyime Udo
Unyime Udo
17 days ago

There’s serious need to check whether he is ill.

Jonah Uchechukwu
Jonah Uchechukwu
17 days ago

The arsenal board is Arsenal’s every problem

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
17 days ago

Exactly

Peace okocha
Peace okocha
17 days ago

Ozil would not have made a good captain anyway,

Ajagu Joseph Samson
Ajagu Joseph Samson
17 days ago

Thanks for the information

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
17 days ago

But the choice you made of the starting eleven was not organised.

Sammy alabi
Sammy alabi
17 days ago

this man didn’t know what to say he just open mouth and talk

Chetachi Nwabueze
Chetachi Nwabueze
17 days ago

I kind of feel for Emery.
Many things that happened were not his fault

AREO Abiodun
AREO Abiodun
17 days ago

I can only says Aron Ramsey departure course ALOT for arsenal dropping of forms

Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
17 days ago

Well if the manager and owners keep dictating for him,he is going to be having issues with players.

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Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
17 days ago

A coach should always determine d players to acquire for any team that’s the trend because not every player will fit into a coach playing philosophy.

Ojo fathiu
Ojo fathiu
17 days ago

May he be healed

Joseph
Joseph
17 days ago

Every new coach gat his own experience, u just have to work it out!

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
17 days ago

I agree with him but he has to sort out the issue with them and also sort out if Ozil still has future at the club or not

Suleiman Abdullahi
Suleiman Abdullahi
17 days ago

Next season we see new ozil

Emmanuel Aso otisi
Emmanuel Aso otisi
17 days ago

Ozil and Pepe caused unai Emery his job

Abdulkadri Ayodeji
Abdulkadri Ayodeji
16 days ago

Please, Emery is just being bitter, vereybody knows quite well that it was is negative tactics that affected Pepe, a player who seems to have improved under Arteta, and according to stats, Pepe has been better than Zaha this season. As for Ozil I wouldn’t blame emery too much on that, but I think he needs to move on and stop being bitter

Atte
Atte
16 days ago

With all these I think coaches should be given the freewill to manage the players. The moment coaches are being dictated to by owners or board, the players themselves will become arrogant to the coach and that would greatly affect the club negatively.

Uzomacomfort
Uzomacomfort
16 days ago

He deserves the best though

PEDRO
PEDRO
16 days ago

Zaha players well

lewis tope
lewis tope
16 days ago

He is right and correct

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
16 days ago

The problem arsenal is facing now is lack of good coach and players also , they have to sell some players and buy new ones…look what happened this season after signing pep with the huge amount of money, he didn’t play well in arsenal

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
16 days ago

Arsenal need good coach and some good players also .. nobody should be blame because thesame Emery don’t make any improvement for the team

Nnorom Nzenwa
Nnorom Nzenwa
16 days ago

Well said by the gaffer, in this case club decision overrides managers decision. Zaha is more better than Pepe

Felix Osezua
Felix Osezua
16 days ago

What a bad expirience

Joseph Gbenga
Joseph Gbenga
16 days ago

This is not true,he didn’t want to include ozil in his plans,he even exclude ozil from the matchday squad.

Idris yayah
Idris yayah
16 days ago

Well, this two player are superb but it obviously arsenal we soon sell them of amid of fund.