Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has become a peripheral figure under the Unai Emery era.
The talented German has started just half of Arsenal’s 28 Premier League games this season, with Unai Emery opting for more leggy personnel to do the gritty work for his side.
Yes, it’s clear that the 31 year-old is not Emery’s type. However, after being restored to the starting line-up against Bate Borisov in the Europa League last week and making a decent impression when he came on as a substitute against Southampton on Sunday, Ozil was handed a rare start in the Premier League against Bournemouth.
And the German showed his manager his class with a fitting performance – scoring and assisting as Arsenal moved sealed a 5-1 win.
It should be noted that Bournemouth are on a dismal run of what is now 10 straight away matches ending in defeat and we can only assume that Emery will leave Ozil out for Tottenham on Saturday, but the Spaniard must have left the Emirates on Wednesday night wondering just how he can develop a system that both utilises Ozil’s best qualities and maintains strong defensive structure.
Gooners, what system would you deploy? Let us know in the comments…