UNAI EMERY has reportedly urged Mesut Ozil to fight for his future at Arsenal as doubts continue to rise.
It is understood the Gunners boss will not commit wholeheartedly to keeping Ozil long-term but is willing to allow him to show a positive reaction.
AFP or licensors7 Unai Emery has urged Mesut Ozil to fight for his future at Arsenal
Reuters7 The Gunners playmaker missed Arsenal's last two Premier League matches – against Bournemouth and Tottenham
The playmaker, 30, has missed Arsenal's last two Premier League games, the victories over Bournemouth and Spurs.
But the club insist he had a back injury – they said the same when he missed the Fulham game in October.
According to the Mail, though, Emery still has Ozil in his plans at the Emirates but must see an improvement in attitude.
The German is expected to miss the trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United tomorrow night as he continues to recover from the back spasm it is claimed he sustained last Tuesday.
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Mesut Ozil in all competitions 2018/19
Minutes played: 883
Chances created: 22
Passing accuracy: 87 per cent
Win percentage: 58 per cent
Getty – Contributor7 Emery revealed Ozil trained alone as his side prepare to take on Manchester United
Emery said yesterday: "Today he was working alone, I don’t know if he’s OK for Wednesday.
“I said yesterday he’s had backache since last Tuesday. He couldn’t play in Kiev or yesterday.
“At the moment, I don’t know if he can play in Manchester."
It is understood some individuals at the club felt Ozil could have made himself available for the North London derby.
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And the report suggests Emery and Ozil held a frank conversation at the end of last month to outline his expectations from the World Cup winner, especially his work rate.
Ozil – who signed a new £350,000-a-week deal in January – has endured a difficult season under the new boss.
With 51 assists in his 152 Premier League appearances, Ozil forged a reputation for his supplying of goals but he has managed just one across all competitions this season.
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Emery admitted he did not even know if the German was at the stadium for the 4-2 victory over Tottenham nor when Ozil sustained the back spasm.
But as SunSport exclusively revealed, Inter Milan are interested in handing the German an escape route out of the Emirates.
Getty – Contributor7 The Gunners thumped Tottenham 4-2 in last weekend's North London derby
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