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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil raring to go for north London derby

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal star Mesut Ozil raring to go for north London derby Comment Ozil scored and assisted against Bournemouth in the 5-1 midweek win (Picture: Getty)‘The most important thing is every player is OK for tomorrow.’On Ozil’s time out of the squad, Emery added: ‘He had injuries, his back, then he was sick. That’s the reason. I spoke with him, I spoke to you telling that when he can be consistent, available for training, it’s better for us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Unai Emery has been non-committal over whether Ozil will start at Wembley or not (Picture: Getty)Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is in good spirits ahead of Saturday’s north London derby against Tottenham and appears eager to retain his starting spot at Wembley.The German World Cup winner made just his second Premier League start of 2019 in midweek against Bournemouth and put in a stellar performance, opening the scoring before setting up Arsenal’s second goal.Ozil has been plagued by injury problems recently, suffering back and knee troubles, while there have been suggestions that manager Unai Enery does not trust him in big games.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut, fresh from his brilliant display against Bournemouth, Ozil has made it clear he is fit and raring to go against Spurs at the weekend.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘North London Derby incoming,’ he posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon after the final training session before facing Spurs. ‘Let’s keep the faith!’ Emery has been non-committal about whether Ozil will start or not at Wembley, though is delighted that the 30-year-old has overcome his injury difficulties and is back in regular training.On whether Ozil will start against Spurs, the Spaniard explained: ‘We are doing a plan for a lot of matches. Each match is different. Home, away, depending on the opposition. 〽 North London Derby incomin’ … ??⚽? Let’s keep the faith! #WeAreTheArsenal #YaGunnersYa #COYG #M1Ö @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/MWgSGvypXL— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) March 1, 2019 Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 4:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link984Shareslast_img read more

Mancini: Owners unhappy at title defence

first_img Press Association Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini accepts the club’s owners are not happy with the champions’ faltering Barclays Premier League title defence. The Italian went on: “After you lose you can’t be happy for 24 hours but after that you need to think about the future. We have a good relationship. At this moment they aren’t happy because when you lose you can’t be happy but I think they are happy with our job over the three years.” Mancini reacted angrily to his side’s performance at Southampton and was heavily critical of the players. He now expects a reaction as Leeds visit. He said: “I think that the players know they didn’t do their job at Southampton and sometimes it is important they take the responsibility. I think that we have some players that can do better than this year but I am sure I have a good team and at the end of it we will win something. “It will be different because it’s the FA Cup but it won’t change for us because results are always important and there is always pressure. The players will respond, I’m sure about this.” As for the title race, Mancini claims it is not in his nature to concede defeat. He believes that if the deficit can be cut before City travel to Old Trafford on April 8, further league success remains possible. Mancini said: “I think that is a difficult moment because we lost seven points in three games but in football sometimes it is strange. When you think it is finished, three or four games can change everything. While we have the points available to win, we should believe in ourselves. “We play the derby in April and from now until then we have six games and we need to look at what happens in the next six games. If we reduce the gap before the derby… but it’s not important to look at the table. It’s important to win, win, win.” center_img But the Italian does not fear for his job and expects his players to respond to last weekend’s damaging loss at Southampton and keep fighting to retain the crown. Rivals Manchester United now lead City by 12 points at the top of the table and, with just 12 games remaining, the FA Cup appears to be Mancini’s most realistic route to silverware. But Mancini, who regularly speaks to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, feels he and the club’s hierarchy are looking forward confidently. The 48-year-old said: “I speak with Khaldoon every week. He is like me. When we lose he has my mentality, he is upset and disappointed but this is normal and it’s correct in football.” last_img read more