Unai Emery Explains The Issues He Had With Mesut Ozil

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"I worked with him, I know when he ticks, what he can bring to the team".

"He is a massive player for this football club", said Arteta.

"When I came here, he was one of the older players, he helped me and gave me advice on positional play".

"We just have to get our identity back".

According to City, Arsenal have made no formal contact with the club over Arteta but have spoken to the Spaniard.

But the Spanish coach has also promised to be ruthless with Arsenal's struggling squad, warning the players must deliver "passion and energy".

"But there were times when I had to leave one of them out of the XI".

"I don't want to go looking elsewhere". We've not had any approach for him.

Arteta was confirmed as Arsenal's new permanent coach last week and watched from the stands at Goodison Park as Arsenal drew 0-0 against Everton.

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While the Frenchman publicly expressed interest in the post, Vieira says he never heard from his old club as they appointed Mikel Arteta new manager on Friday.

Emery also suggested that injuries to some players impeded Arsenal's chances of responding as they would have wanted. "In the knockout stages we looked powerful", Emery said. The message before the game was courageous, take responsibility and work hard for one another.

"The truth is that in the first year I was very pleased and the only thing left for me to do was to put the rubber stamp on the season with a win in the final of the Europa League".

"I think in football one-and-a-half years is a long time for the managers, a lot of time, so we have to see altogether how it works, how it's going on".

"We still have a lot of time". I know we will work hard on the training ground, but it is a good building block for us.

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