Mesut Ozil doesn’t do enough off the ball to fit into Unai Emery’s system at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil doesn’t do enough off the ball to fit into Unai Emery’s system at Arsenal

December 8, 2018 0 By Today news

MESUT OZIL isn’t getting a look in at Arsenal and it’s no surprise, he just doesn’t do enough off the ball to fit into Unai Emery’s system.

The German midfielder has suffered more than anyone from boss Emery’s arrival, despite being one of the best playmakers in the Premier League.

Mesut Ozil has fallen out of favour at the Emirates this season
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This new-look Arsenal is all about intensity and pressing from the front, things that are not Ozil’s strengths.

Emery has changed from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-2-1  recently and it has worked a treat.

Earlier in the season, Arsenal had developed a bad habit of getting hit on the counter-attack.

They weren’t losing games but the likes of Watford, Leicester and West Ham  squandered chances — and should really have made the  Gunners pay.

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Unai Emery’s side are unbeaten in their last 20 games in all competitions
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When playing four at the back with the full-backs pushed up, huge spaces were left down the sides, leaving them far too open.

But  Spaniard Emery quickly identified this problem and reacted  — as the average position maps show, having three at the back closes those glaring gaps.

Emery likes his teams to press high, looking to win the ball  quickly.

Or they will force the opposition to go back to the keeper to get rid of it in a hurry, so they are unable to counter.


Mesut Ozil does not fit into the new system used by Gunners boss Unai Emery
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The new system allows them to defend with five — the  three centre-backs plus the  two holding midfielders — and attack with five, with the width being provided by the full-backs.

To do this successfully everyone needs to be in sync and know their roles inside out.

If one player doesn’t do his job properly then you break the chain and allow the opposition in — hence why Ozil isn’t playing.

In effect, Arsenal have two presses.

Lucas Torreira has been a huge hit for the Gunners this season
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With five behind the ball, the three centre-backs can spread wide, safe in the knowledge that Lucas Torreira and either Granit Xhaka or Matteo Guendouzi will fill in.

The front five will press high in unison as soon as the opposition win the ball.

But if that first press is breached, they still have another block of five  behind.

There have been calls from fans for Alexandre Lacazette to start alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang more.

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have created a formidable partnership
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They’ve proven to be a great partnership but I don’t see an issue myself.

That option is always  there for Emery, yet French striker Lacazette  is also a great option coming off the bench.

Arsenal’s subs have scored more than any other team’s in the league, with half (17) of the Gunners’ goals  coming in the last third of games.

Their fitness is at a different level than under Arsene Wenger and they keep going for 90 minutes.  Having a  finisher like Lacazette to come off the bench will prove invaluable for the rest of the season.

Mesut Ozil joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013
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