Unai Emery has demanded to see more from Mesut Ozil this season.
Ozil signed a three-and-a-half year contract extension with the Gunners in February. However, the German continues to struggle to produce his best form.
The 29 year-old was dropped by Emery for the visit of West Ham a few weeks ago amid strong rumours of a falling out with his manager.
Ozil was reinstated into the team in Arsenal’s victory at Cardiff and showed flashes in the match, but Emery wants the levels to be cranked up.
“I want to find with him the possibility to do the best, to make decisive passes, to do more near and in the box to score,” the manager said (via The Guardian).
“He is working for the team to help us with his quality. But he is feeling like I am feeling. He can improve, he can do more. We will work, we will help him, give him the possibility on the pitch to be together, to find his qualities for us.”
Despite the reported fractions within the camp, the Gunners boss has made assurances that Ozil is well-placed at Arsenal.
“He could feel different but every day with us I look at him and he looks well and happy, working with our demands,” added Emery.
“He had a relaxing three days off at the weekend. Mesut works very well here. I look at him with the focus totally here. I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances.”