"I don't know who started it but if you ask me, the doctor, or the club, he was sick".
Ozil had endured a tough start to the season, struggling to find his form as Arsenal fell to defeats against Manchester City, at home, and Chelsea away. "He left to his house and I said to him, to come [to the match] if he feels better and he feels better today and before the match, he is with the team and with me".
"The contract is another thing for his agent and the club but we want and I need his focus only on training, only on the match and on his performance each day".
Emery said afterwards that his side were still in the midst of a transition period following the departure of long-term boss Arsene Wenger, but would be buoyed by the first victory of his reign.
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He knows the Renault product very well from all the time he's spent with us. "The competition between he and Max is intense". But he admitted the decision came after some soul-searching about his future and whether he even wanted to carry on racing.
"It's clear we need to improve and we need to continue working to not concede as many chances as today", the Spaniard said. It was a hard match. But also, the win gives the confidence for the players. "It was very important for our supporters".
At the third time of asking Arsenal got their first points of this Premier League season on the board as they brushed West Ham United aside 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. He spoke with the doctor and with me, and decided not to play today.
"We are progressing every game".