Unai Emery has hailed the response of Mesut Ozil who impressed on his return to the Arsenal side against Burnley. A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace put the Gunners on course for three points before Ashley Barnes halved the arrears for the visitors – only for substitute Alex Iwobi to wrap up the victory in stoppage time.
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The major talking point ahead of kick-off was the inclusion of Ozil in the Arsenal starting line-up, with the 30-year-old also named as captain for the afternoon.
The German was dropped from the squad for Wednesday’s defeat to Tottenham and had not started a league game since November 11 – with Emery saying on the eve of the Burnley clash that he could not assure him of a place in his side, nor confirm whether he would remain past the January window.
However, he was back in the starting eleven against the Clarets and capped it with an impressive display. “(It was a) very good response,” Emery said. “I think he played like we needed today.
His skills, his commitment with us today was very good and he helped us. We need Mesut Ozil and today, he was there for us.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.