Former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has claimed Mesut Ozil did not have the necessary qualities for the pressing game he wanted to play while at the Emirates.
Emery was sacked after 18 months in charge of the Gunners and has been replaced by Mikel Arteta, who signed a three-and-a-half-year deal on Friday.
Getting the best out of Ozil will be one of the key challenges for Arteta and Emery has now opened up on how he couldn’t fit the German into his plans.
“I’ve had a lot of conversations with Mesut Ozil,” Emery told BBC Sport.
“He’s a very important player for the team.
“There are games in which you see Mesut’s brilliance, linking with the attack. But also I had to find players around him so he felt comfortable.
“Also the team needed to feel solid. And when you, little by little, have to build a team that is aggressive, intense, as well as structured for good pressure, we also had to find a space for Mesut as he gives us an important part of the game, which is his brilliant talent.
“To do so I had to find the right connections between players, the right tactics. I was very motivated to try to find that. I wanted Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut to work together, each one of them with their own characteristics.
“But there were times when I had to leave one of them out of the XI. Ozil is a very important player if you can find a way to make it work with other players.
“He has talent that allows other players to be better, but when you want a bit more aggressive pressure he does not have the best qualities for that.”