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Unai Emery reveals the truth behind relationship with Mesut Ozil

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Cary Erickson | 14 September, 2018, 05:31

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted that he wants to see Nacho Monreal sign a new contract at the Emirates.

Ozil was omitted from Arsenal's squad for last month's 3-1 win over West Ham, prompting reports of a dispute with Emery - who had said the midfielder was ill - before he returned to the starting XI for the last game at Cardiff.

Ozil is expected to be back in action for Arsenal this weekend when they take on Newcastle United in the Premier League. "In this process, we will work, we will help him, give him the possibility on the pitch to be together, to find his qualities for us".

"Also I read this week in the newspapers in the match against Manchester City I say to the [groundsman], "Don't put water on the pitch" - it's not true!"

'I have a very good relationship with Mesut, ' the Spaniard said. The Nigerian worldwide has had a positive start to the season and will be hoping to continue that on the weekend.

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Emery admitted Ozil's first worldwide break since his retirement will have been a hard adjustment for the player, but that the pair have been able to spend beneficial time on the training ground together.

"All players have returned from global duty with their national teams in good health and are available for selection".

"The reason for Mesut is important for me also, this focus every day with us, a relaxing three days off at the weekend".

Ozil has looked slightly out of place when Emery has deployed him on the right wing rather his normal central role as a No. 10, but Emery reiterated that the German is happy switching between the two.

Speaking ahead of the trip to St James" Park, Emery said of the pair: "It's the same.