Unai Emery insists he ‘tried to help’ Mesut Ozil rediscover his form at Arsenal as former Gunners boss defends treatment of outcast

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Unai Emery has admitted he tried to ‘help’ get Mesut Ozil back to his best at Arsenal but could not find the solution to the player’s problems at the Emirates.

The former Germany international joined the Gunners on transfer deadline day seven-and-a-half years ago and endeared himself to the Emirates faithful instantly.

Emery has admitted he tried to help Ozil rediscover his form at ArsenalGetty Images - Getty

After a bright start to his career and an FA Cup win in his first season, the departure of Arsene Wenger in 2018, following his decision to sign a lucrative contract signalled the beginning of the end.

Emery’s arrival prompted a fall out and his situation has deteriorated under Mikel Arteta, to the extent he has now found himself frozen out of the Gunners’ 25-man squad for the Premier League.

Defending his treatment of Ozil, Emery, now in charge of Villarreal, told Football.London: “I worked for one and a half years with Mesut and tried to help him, support him and achieve the performances for the team with him.

“Now I don’t know what the problems are as I am very concentrated and focused with Villarreal.

Ozil looks to be on his way out of Arsenal with Fenerbahce in Turkey his most likely destinationGetty Images - Getty

“I follow every Arsenal match but I don’t know what the problems are with the team or the players. I can only speak about Mesut Ozil when I was with him there and I tried to achieve the best performances with him.”

Recent reports suggest Ozil could leave the Emirates Stadium this month as his career rolls onto a new chapter.

He’s been linked with an MLS move, while Turkish club Fenerbahce have also been tipped to sign the World Cup winner.

His agent Dr Erkut Sogut hinted a move to Turkey was very much on the cards.

He said: “Everyone knows that Mesut is from Fenerbahce. He announced it yesterday. Mesut is not just a football player. Mesut is Fenerbahce.”

“He always said that if he came to Turkey, he would only play for Fenerbahce.

“I think it is very important that Mesut comes not only as a footballer but also as a lover of Fenerbahce.

“There is a process at the moment. We can’t say it’s over until we’ve signed it in the process. I hope so.”

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