ARSENAL manager Unai Emery insists he gets on very well with Mesut Ozil, weeks after claims the pair had a behind the scenes row.
Ozil was left out of the Arsenal squad which faced West Ham last month and reports claimed he had been dropped after being told by Emery that he would be on the bench.
Emery said Ozil had simply been struggling with illness and he was fit to start the following week against Cardiff.
And speaking ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Newcastle, Emery opened up on where his relationship with Ozil currently stands.
Emery said: “[We get on] very well.
Here for me it isn’t for a lot of the time speaking about what people are telling us.
“I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances.
“Also I read this week in the newspapers in the match against Manchester City I say to the [groundsman], ‘Don’t put water on the pitch’ - it’s not true!
“This is the moment to say to you that I have a good relationship with Mesut and I didn’t say it to the groundsman not to water on the pitch, it’s not true.
Unai Emery has demanded more from Mesut Ozil (Image: GETTY)
“We are continuing our process with our positive things and our work.”
Ozil’s decision to remove himself from international selection with Germany means he has had time to rest and adapt to Emery’s methods.
And the Arsenal boss says the benefits are Ozil’s focus is completely on the club.
He said: “First the players have the habits to play in the international break, in important matches, defending their identity and when one player is finishing that, I think it is also good for them to focus only on their team.
Unai Emery says his relationship with Mesut Ozil is good (Image: GETTY)
“The reason for Mesut is important for me also, this focus every day with us, a relaxing three days off at the weekend.
“Mesut, like other players, works very well here and also working the ties and also together to improve things.
“Mesut, I look at him with the focus totally here.”