Mesut Ozil 'can do more' for Arsenal, says Unai Emery

Mesut Ozil is *finally* set to play at Newcastle

Mesut Ozil is *finally* set to play at Newcastle

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has once again stressed that Mesut Ozil needs to start contributing more to the team, and he is not the only player who needs to step up.

"Speaking ahead of Arsenal's game against Newcastle this weekend, Emery said: "[We get on] very well.

The former Germany worldwide missed Arsenal's 3-1 Premier League win over London rivals West Ham United last month but returned to the team for the 3-2 victory over Cardiff City.

Arsenal manager Emery said he enjoyed a "relaxing" three days with Ozil in training after the player's retirement from global football meant he did not depart with the Germany squad last week.

Ozil's retirement from global football came after he made claims of racism from the German football association.

We have no fresh injury concerns to worry about as all our players returned unscathed from worldwide duty but Laurent Koscielny is still out as he continues to work his way back from Achilles surgery.

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It was the seventh time since the start of 2017 that Ozil had missed a match through illness and, should he feature on Saturday against Newcastle United, it will be the first time he has played at St James' Park. He could feel different [after quitting Germany] but every day with us I look at him and he looks well and happy, working with our demands.

The 32-year-old confirmed this week that he is in talks with the Emirates Stadium hierarchy and Emery is keen to keep his countryman aboard.

Rafael Benitez believes Unai Emery was the ideal candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger.

'I have known him (Emery) for a long, long time.

The Spaniard has been discussing his plans for the future, with Arsenal ready to reward him with a new and improved contract at the club.

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