Rafa Benitez compares Unai Emery's Arsenal to two of his former sides


"I knew Nacho in Spain when he was playing in Osasuna and in Malaga".

Ozil has looked slightly out of place when Emery has deployed him on the right wing rather his normal central role as a No. 10, but Emery reiterated that the German is happy switching between the two.

The strikers played starring roles against Cardiff but the Spaniard has admitted that he is still undecided on whether the pair will start together against the Magpies on Saturday.

Ozil was omitted from Arsenal's squad for last month's 3-1 win over West Ham, prompting reports of a dispute with Emery - who had said the midfielder was ill - before he returned to the starting XI for the last game at Cardiff. He enjoys his job and I think he will do well. They can play a counter-attacking game and a possession game, because they have enough quality.

Benitez, himself, was criticised for his defensive tactics in the recent defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City but hinted he could set his side up differently against Arsenal on Saturday.

Ozil, 29, has endured a hard start to the new season with the recent national team debacle that saw him declared his unavailability for Germany.

We need to build the momentum with another win tomorrow and we'll face a Newcastle side that sits in the bottom three of the table having taken just one point from their first four fixtures.

With Ozil having retired from worldwide 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. Things like that can happen in every game, and that's why football is so hard.



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