The Spaniard and Özil reportedly have had bust-up and heated arguments earlier in the season. Consequently, the German international was either completely dropped from games or benched for seemingly no reason.
Rumours had it that Emery was slowly pushing the former Real Madrid star out of the club, as he did not see him in his future plans for the club. Moreover, his £350,000-per-week pay was putting the club under pressure financially.
Thus it wouldn’t be a surprise if the relationship between the gaffer and the German was to be a bit sour, so say the least. After all, being a star player and being dropped constantly is an insult to one’s footballing legacy; it comes as no surprise.
However, nobody would’ve thought the playmaker would actually voice his thoughts out loud. Which is exactly what he did during his side’s 4-1 trashing by Chelsea in the Europa League final. Özil was subbed off in the second half and was naturally enraged by it.
The midfielder was seen to be repeating the phrase “Wallahi, you are not a coach” in Turkish on the bench, as per Fanatik through lip-reading experts. The complete translation would be:
“I swear, you are not a coach.”
By no means did the ex-Schalke star have bad, as he did his instructed task of marking Jorginho, who was kept quiet for the entirety of the tie.
The former Sevilla boss completely got his tactics wrong against Maurizio Sarri who dominated the game with a weaker squad on paper.
Granit Xhaka is the latest to hint life under the new boss isn’t completely positive.
“I don’t know,” Xhaka answered when quizzed if Emery had improved Arsenal. “I’m not the right person to give you an answer about this.”
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“Both are extremely professional and meticulous in their work.
“A small contrast is that Arsène always looked for playful solutions, whereas Unai acts out of a good defensive order.”
Though it is embarrassing when players openly voice their inner disagreements, it gives us a perspective of what’s happening inside the club.
As of now, both fans and maybe certain players are not convinced by the new appointed head coach and it’s fairly certain he won’t be getting the sacked so early. Fans can only hope success can be delivered soon.