Revealed: Emery is harming Aubameyang and Lacazette by doing this…

Former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole has questioned Unai Emery’s decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of Arsenal’s starting line-up, suggesting that it is having a negative impact on his strikers.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is third in the Premier League golden boot standings with 15 goals this season while Alexandre Lacazette has also chipped in with ten.

Between them, Aubameyang and Lacazette account for 47% of Arsenal’s 53 league goals this season.

Despite both strikers playing well, though, Arsenal rank ninth in the Premier League for chances created this season, behind the other top six clubs as well as relegation threatened Fulham, Wolves and Crystal Palace, creating 9.6 chances per game.

And Cole believes a major factor behind the team’s chance creation problem is that Ozil has not been starting regularly, with the 2014 World Cup winner featuring only twice for Arsenal since their Boxing Day draw against Brighton.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ debate show, Cole said:

‘Arsenal over the previous years, when Wenger was there, did that. You’ve got to play your best players when you need them, and Ozil is one of Arsenal’s best.

‘If you asked Lacazette and Aubameyang: ‘Do you want Mesut to play?’ they’d say yes all day long, all day long! It’s really, really strange.’

Ozil signed a £350,000 per week deal to stay at Arsenal last January and it was expected that he would be one of the key player’s that Emery built his new-look team around when the Spaniard replaced Arsene Wenger last summer.

That hasn’t proven to be the case, however, with Emery frequently dropping Ozil to the substitute’s bench or out of his 18-man squad entirely, as was the case for Thursday’s embarrassing 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

Despite dominating possession with 77% of the ball throughout the course of the game, Arsenal struggled to create too many clear-cut opportunities against BATE.

Lacazette did find the net from a Sead Kolasinac cross only to be correctly adjudged to be offside.

Lacazette later let his frustrations get the better of him as he was sent off five minutes from time for flinging an elbow into an opponent’s face.

Aubameyang, meanwhile, was given only 20 minutes to score after coming off the bench.

Arsenal’s most creative player in the Premier League this season has been Granit Xhaka and his 27 chances created ranks 43rd in the division.

Ozil, meanwhile has created 1.8 chances per game which is the highest average in Arsenal’s squad.

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Mesut Ozil leaves UK to clear his head amid Unai Emery problems at Arsenal

The 30-year-old was left out of Arsenal's Europa League squad midweek in the latest setback of a difficult season

Mesut Ozil has escaped the UK for a break from his Arsenal woes

Mesut Ozil has headed to Turkey for a weekend away as speculation around his Arsenal future continues to mount.

The Gunners midfielder is said to be at odds with current manager Unai Emery , and has taken the opportunity for a break from the UK.

Ozil is a descendant of Turkey, and posted a picture to Instagram of him in the country with his girlfriend, Amine Gulse, on Sunday.

It comes following Emery's decision to leave Ozil out of Arsenal's Europa League squad which travelled to Belarus in midweek.

Arsenal were beaten 1-0 against BATE in the competition, with Ozil posting a cryptic message on Twitter the following day.

Ozil wrote: "When you start supporting a football club, you don't support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history.

"You support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong."

The quote was said previously by Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, who showed his support for the tweet, along with a number of Ozil's current and former teammates.

Alexandre Lacazette, Alex Iwobi, Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka all liked the post, along with ex-Gunners Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere.

It has been a difficult season for Ozil, who has found himself in and out of the side at the Emirates under the new Emery regime.

Relations between Ozil and manager Unai Emery appear fractured

Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit gave his thoughts on the German's predicament, suggesting a lack of motivation was perhaps to blame.

Petit said: "I have huge respect for Ozil but the Ozil I used to watch years ago, he was one of the best attacking midfield players in the world, he was a pleasure to watch.

"Now it's not even a pleasure or a desire to see him in the team because he's lost it.

"Ozil is a big player but he's not a big personality. He never talks. Sometimes I think he's a ghost on the pitch.

"He never says anything to his team-mates. He never shows any emotion."

Arsenal are next in action on Thursday in the second leg of the clash with BATE.


Are Arsenal heading for the same heartache as Blackpool fans?

‘One man and his club.’

The acid asset strip.

“Blackpool football club has been put into receivership by the High Court. The club has been put into receivership so it can be sold and the proceeds used to pay off some of the £22m owed by the owners, the Oyston family, to the Latvian banker Valeri Belokon. Owen Oyston, the 85-year-old owner of the club, was ordered to buy Mr Velokon out for £31.27m.”

If you put this in a search engine: ‘Blackpool football club has been put into receivership’ You will get the full details giving the history of the owner helping himself to the club’s wealth. This is what can happen when the club owner has full control of all that the club owns.

Blackpool are not the first to experience this. To my knowledge Portsmouth, Brighton, Leeds, Glasgow Rangers and I think two others clubs have been asset stripped, that is to say everything it owns, from the first blade of grass to the last blade of grass, has been squirrelled away into the owner’s piggybank and the clubs have had to start again with very little.

When Arsenal was a public company it had to publish its accounts and we saw that Mr Kroenke was helping himself to the Arsenal golden eggs.

Now he owns the club outright, he can just help himself as a night time burglar would when discovering someone had forgotten to lock the back door of the bank.

Mr Kroenke likes the shadows of invisibility not for him the lights of fame and glory. In other words our ‘Arsenal Hero’ doesn’t have a Donald Trump ‘Look at me. I greatest.’ Personality – He is shy!

Instead of a big plunder hitting the headlines, we will read something like this. The centre at High Ham Hill is to close. There will be a good excuse for this. The savings will slip unknown to us into Kroenke’s piggy pocket.

At the moment Boreham Wood FC ground is used for games. That could end. Money saved – drip, drip you know where!

In the course of time Arsenal will be the same as his American operations, with costs cut to the bone and a low placed league filler-occupier, position. (Yes I know the Rams got to the final but that is the only one time.)

What happens when our ‘Money Man of the shadows’ needs a billion or two? Where will he turn? To one of his American cash cow clubs that he owns? Don’t think so. In this case not ‘America first.’ No. It’s Arsenal he will sell, especially if there are no more Arsenal golden Eggs to supply his incubator.

He will sell to anyone. If the buyer thinks there is more asset stripping to be done that is exactly what will happen.

The heartache that the Blackpool supporters now share with each other at the way their club has been and is being treated, is slowly becoming our experience.

We no longer have a ‘football’ manager who controls the football we play.

We have an owner who pulls the strings of the ‘puppet’ manager and everybody else at the club including us who love the club and have loved it since we were kids. It hurts,


Paul Merson: Mesut Ozil should retire if he can’t get Arsenal spot

The Arsenal legend jokes that Mesut Ozil should consider retirement if he can't break into the Gunners team

Mesut Ozil (Photo: Puma)

Paul Merson has jokingly suggested that Mesut Ozil should consider retirement if the German playmaker can’t get into Arsenal’s team.

The World Cup winner has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in the Arsenal team since Unai Emery’s appointment last summer.

Arsenal made the 30-year-old the best paid player in the north London side’s history when Ozil signed a new long-term deal in February 2018.

However, the former Real Madrid midfielder has only made 14 appearances in the Premier League this season to raise serious questions about his future.

Ozil missed the 100th game of his Arsenal career on Thursday night as Emery’s side suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson admitted that he is staggered at Ozil’s inability to hold down a regular place in Emery’s starting XI.

“You play your best players and work around them,” Merson told Sky Sports News. “Ozil is Arsenal’s best player and he doesn’t play, it beats me.

“He must sit at home and watch Arsenal and think ‘how am I not getting into this team?’

“I don’t know if they are trying to push him into retirement, because he must sit there and think he might as well retire if he can’t get into Arsenal’s team.”

Arsenal signed Ozil in a £42.5m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window in what was a club record fee at the time.

The former Schalke 04 midfielder has only managed to fire Arsenal to three FA Cup titles during his five and a half seasons at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04.


Arsenal news: Unai Emery identifies Mesut Ozil replacement as feud continues

ARSENAL are lining up Bayer Leverkusen sensation Kai Havertz as a potential replacement of Mesut Ozil, according to reports.

Havertz, 19, is one of the most highly-rated attacking midfielders in Europe and has been attracting interest from both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

However, Italian media outlet Calciomercato claim Arsenal are determined to land him as they search for life without Ozil.

Despite being the club’s top earner on around £350,000 per week, Ozil is out of favour under manager Unai Emery.

He was left out of the squad for the 1-0 defeat by BATE Borisov in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday.

Ozil has started only three of the Gunners’ last 12 games in all competitions and is cutting an increasingly lonely figure at the Emirates.

Emery insisted he was not fit to face BATE but he posted pictures if himself in training before the game that appeared to show him in good condition.

Ozil also liked a post on Instagram from an Arsenal supporter that condemned Emery’s truanted of the former Real Madrid man.

Arsenal are in poor form, especially on the road, where they have lost three of their last four.

Arsenal have reportedly lined up Kai Havertz to replace Mesut Ozil (Image: GETTY)

But no matter how bad they are playing, Emery continues to refuse to call on star man Ozil.

Gunners legend Paul Merson is one of a number of people who have been critical of Emery and he even suggested Ozil would be better off retiring than staying at the club.

"You play your best players and work around them," Merson told Sky Sports News.

"Ozil is Arsenal's best player and he doesn't play, it beats me.

Ozil was left out of the Arsenal squad to play BATE Borisov despite training before the match (Image: GETTY)

Havertz is one of the most highly-rated midfielders in Europe (Image: GETTY)

"He must sit at home and watch Arsenal and think 'how am I not getting into this team?'

"I don't know if they are trying to push him into retirement, because he must sit there and think he might as well retire if he can't get into Arsenal's team.

"Ozil is not so influential that you have to build a team around him, but he has to play because he is there best player.

"He's not going to run around and put sliding tackles in, that is never going to happen, but he makes things happen.

"Arsenal have to stick with him, they are not good enough not to have him in the team."


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