Arsenal chiefs fully behind Emery's Ozil handling

Bernd Leno

Bernd Leno

The Gunners secured their first win of Unai Emery's tenure against West Ham but Saturday's victory was largely overshadowed by the mystery and speculation which accompanied Ozil's absence.

Reports in the newspapers suggested that Ozil had pulled a sickie following a bust-up with Unai Emery on the training pitch after being told on Thursday that he was going to be dropped for the visit of the Hammers.

And Torreira says he was delighted to play his part in helping the north London side pick up their first Premier League points of the season this weekend.

Emery denied those reports after the game but he has publicly called on Ozil to work harder and show more intensity following disappointing performances during the defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea. Emery needs grinders and grafters. But Emery will have no intention of doing the same.

Rodgers agrees to record extension worth $33.5M per year
Earlier this month, New England added five $1 million incentives to Brady's deal, which could earn him $20 million this season. The new deal includes a little more than $100 million in guaranteed money, according to the person close to the negotiations.

Former footballer Stan Collymore believes that Arsenal cannot afford a player of Mesut Ozil's stature, saying he is a "luxury" player.

Take a look through the gallery for the best snaps of Mesut Ozil in training alongside his Arsenal team-mates. Since then he has made 198 appearances in all competitions, scoring 37 goals and winning three FA Cups.

Arsenal are aiming to at least try and break back into the top four this season after they finished sixth and without a trophy under Arsene Wenger last term.

It is the seventh time since January 2017 that Ozil has missed game time through illness, though the Gunners produced a good display in his absence. Whether he will return for the Londoners' trip to Cardiff City on Sunday remains to be seen.

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