Arsenal boss Emery addresses Ozil rift; Man City groundsman claim

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Arsenal star playmaker Mesut Ozil has been linked with a move away from the north London based club following a turbulent summer.

With Ozil having retired from global football, Emery has had a prolonged opportunity to work with his highest-profile and best-paid player over this past fortnight and is adamant that they do have a strong relationship.

Speaking before Saturday's Premier League game at Newcastle, he said the two have "a very good relationship".

Arsenal manager Emery said he enjoyed a "relaxing" three days with Ozil in training after the player's retirement from worldwide football meant he did not depart with the Germany squad last week.

"The first time, maybe, he could feel different but every day with us in the work, I look at him and he looks well and happy, working with our demands every day", said Emery. "He is working for the team to help us with his quality. They played on Tuesday, it is Xhaka, Lichtsteiner, Welbeck and Sokratis and I want and I hope that they hope that they come back well and prepare for the match in Newcastle".

"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".

"Mesut, I look at him with the focus totally here". The 53-year-old was behind the appointment of Emery and also brought in Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment. However, I think we'll see him keep his place at the heart of midfield this weekend. "We will work, we will help him, give him the possibility on the pitch to be together, to find his qualities for us".

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