Unai Emery has slammed Mesut Ozil’s “attitude and commitment”, claiming the Arsenal squad didn’t want the German to be installed as captain.
Ozil was rarely trusted as a regular starter during Emery’s reign at the Emirates Stadium, though the former coach says he tried his best to be positive with him.
But Emery thinks Ozil’s inconsistency in performances is something that is simply down to the player himself.
“In the end he has to look at himself,” Emery told the Daily Mail . “At his attitude and his commitment.
“I tried my utmost to help Ozil. Throughout my career, talented players have been my favourites and they have played at their best or close to their best with me.
“I was always positive with him in terms of wanting him to be involved, but then the attitude that he adopted, and the commitment levels, well, they weren’t enough.
“One of the captains could possibly have been Ozil but the dressing room didn’t want him to be captain.
“His level of commitment was not that of someone who deserved to be captain, and that’s not what I decided, that’s what the players decided.”