Jose Mourinho has offered his words of advice to Unai Emery on how to deal with Mesut Ozil.
Ozil has been the main subject of interest at Arsenal in recent weeks. The attacking midfielder has fallen out of favor under Unai Emery and is struggling to win his place back in the starting eleven. His most recent snub, where he was completely left out of the squad that faced West Ham, opened the doors to a lot of speculation regarding his future.
Numerous reports suggested Emery wanted Ozil out of the club as soon as possible. The Spaniard denied these claims in a recent press conference, but did not indicate that the German is still an indispensable member of the squad. The relationship between the two appears fractured at best, and Mourinho has offered a few words of advice to Emery on how to deal with Ozil.
Mourinho worked with Ozil at Real Madrid and the pair reached great heights together. They had a fantastic relationship, and although they did have a few rough patches, they sorted their differences out. The duo were even close to reuniting last year, when the Portuguese considered bringing him to Manchester United.
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However, the German decided to stay put at Arsenal and the move never materialized. Now though, with the 30-year-old’s future the main talking point once again, Mourinho revealed his thoughts on the situation.
“Honestly, I don’t know what is going on, if he is having a physical problem or not,’ Mourinho explained on beIN Sports.
“With me, Ozil played amazingly well but maybe not with Unai. And maybe a certain player that I don’t remember was phenomenal with Unai but doesn’t work as well with me. It’s just the nature of empathy.
“I just feel that Ozil is the kind of player that needs the both sides of it. By one side, if you are just sweet with him, you lose his natural aggression because he’s not naturally a very strong, physical player in terms of aggression.
“If you are too strong with him and forget that he also needs a bit of care, a little bit of love, you don’t find the right balance. So I think it’s about finding the right balance with him.”