Mesut Ozil trains with Arsenal squad ahead of injury return in Leicester clash as Unai Emery says quitting Germany will help him ‘focus’ and ‘find our ideas’
- Arsenal stars were put through their paces on Sunday ahead of Leicester clash
- Mesut Ozil trained ahead of making his return from injury on Monday evening
- Unai Emery belives quitting Germany will help the midfielder ‘find our ideas’
- Laurent Koscielny also took some part in it as he continues recovery from injury
Mesut Ozil trained alongside his Arsenal team-mates on Sunday as they ran through their final preparations for the visit of Leicester.
The midfielder appeared to have a real sense of focus about him and was fully engaged in the morning’s session ahead of making his return from injury.
Ozil, who missed the 5-1 trouncing of Fulham last time out due to a back a spasm, has played a significant role in Arsenal’s nine-game winning run and is expected to slot straight back into the line-up on Monday evening.
Mesut Ozil appeared to be fully engaged as the Arsenal squad trained on Sunday morning
Ozil didn’t play in their last game against Fulham, but is expected to return against Leicester
It was Arsenal’s last session before they host Leicester in the Premier League on Monday
Unai Emery couldn’t help but get involved and was pictured marking Danny Welbeck
Unai Emery has been impressed with Ozil’s application in recent weeks and believes Arsenal could prosper even further from his decision to quit Germany.
The Arsenal boss said: ‘International breaks are not easy if you have to play two matches.
‘When players stop this, maybe it can help them focus more for us, with training and improving things. It could help Mesut to find our ideas more quickly.’
The Arsenal boss demands a high work rate from his players on a daily basis and took a hands-on approach to getting that on Sunday by participating in the session.
The Arsenal boss was also spotted trying to tackle Henrikh Mkhitaryan during training
Ozil showed off his skills during a match in the session by jumping in the air to control the ball
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took part in a finishing exercise during Sunday’s training session
Matteo Guendouzi pictured making a forward sprint as Emery barks out instructions
It was Emery’s last chance to get across his messages to the Arsenal players before they host Leicester on Monday evening.
He will be hoping his side can continue their fine form and pick up another three points, which could see them rise to as high as third position in the Premier League table.
Their rise up the league, in part, is thanks to a six-game winning run, which has had a telling impact on the squad.
The atmosphere in the Arsenal camp seems to be at an all-time high and they have also been boosted by the return of Laurent Koscielny, who has been out of action since rupturing his achilles back in May, but returned to training this week and took some part in Sunday’s session.
Koscielny is still in the recovery process, though and Emery has insisted he will resist any temptations to play the defender until he is fully fit.
The mood in camp was high with Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi seen smiling
Arsenal will also be boosted by the return of Laurent Koscielny, who took some part on Sunday
Emery is refusing to take any chances with Koscielny yet to fully recover from his injury
He added: ‘We need to be calm with him. Calm because we need [to wait] more than a month.
‘He needs to feel [well] first, if he is doing some things, then he is doing well. Then when he can play and is available for games in the training, [then] we can think he is okay to play.
‘He is very important for us because he is our captain. He is starting this week to do some training with us together and it is very, very good news for us.
‘I think we need also to give confidence to him, to be close with us, because it was a big injury. But now he is getting better, he is training with us in some things and this is very positive.’
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