Arsenal manager Unai Emery has reportedly told Mesut Ozil to fight for his place in his team at the Emirates.
The German playmaker has missed two recent matches for Unai Emery side as the manager revealed that Bournemouth game needed the physical players.
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@unaiemery_ on @m10_official 's availability for the match against Manchester United on Wednesday – . “I said on Sunday that he’s had backache since last Tuesday,” said Unai Emery. “He couldn’t play in Kiev or on Sunday. “At the moment, I don’t know if he can play in Manchester. Today he was working alone, I don’t know if he’s OK for Wednesday.”
According to reports, Emery thinks Ozil can have a future at the Emirates if he works hard.
Reports go on to suggest that Emery held talks with the former Real Madrid star at the end of last month.
The 30-year-old, who is earning £350,000-a-week at Arsenal, is not expected to feature against Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour thinks Emery should keep Aaron Ramsey rather than Ozil.
Parlour said: “My personal decision would be that I’d rather keep Ramsey than Ozil.”
“I think Aaron brings a little bit more to the team. Mesut Ozil is a great player, I’m not doubting that, but you can leave him out.”
“We didn’t miss him yesterday, whereas I thought Ramsey made an impact in the second half.”
“Aaron has been there a long time, he’s been there for ten years, so you’ve got to look that as well.”
“Some players would sulk and say, I’m leaving at the end of the season, so it doesn’t really matter, but his attitude has been spot on.”
“He knows he’s leaving at the end of the season, but he was brilliant in mid-week in the Europa League. I would rather have Aaron Ramsey.”
Arsenal, who are fourth in the Premier League table, will travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday night to face Manchester United.