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Mesut Ozil praises Mikel Arteta for making Arsenal stars ‘smile’ and ‘laugh’ again in thinly-veiled swipe at Unai Emery

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Mesut Ozil has aimed a thinly veiled swipe at former boss Unai Emery, claiming Arsenal lost some of it’s identity under the leadership of the Spaniard.

Asked about Arteta’s influence at the club since he was appointed last month, Ozil admitted he believes the club is going back to its natural principles.

The former Germany international fell out of favour at the Emirates during Emery’s reign, starting just 20 league matches last term.

“He has talent that allows other players to be better, but when you want a bit more aggressive pressure he does not have the best qualities for that.”

And Ozil believes his experience of working with former Barcelona boss will serve the club well as he begins his managerial career.

However, he has been given a new lease of life under Mikel Arteta, having started every match with the Gunners boss tasting defeat just once in his opening five fixtures.

“Ozil is a very important player if you can find a way to make it work with other players.
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