Unai Emery challenges Mesut Özil to be more dominant at Arsenal

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The Premier League is almost back after the global break and Arsenal head coach Unai Emery will be hoping his side can pick up where it left off.

Emery insists reports he has a frosty relationship with Ozil are absurd.

Arsenal have been handed an injury blow ahead of their trip to St James' Park to face Newcastle on Saturday after Lucas Torreira was injured on global duty.

"In the process, and firstly we need to win and I think it is very important that in the last match we won", said Emery in his pre-match press conference.

Speaking ahead of the trip to St James" Park, Emery said of the pair: "It's the same.

Ozil's retirement from worldwide football came after he made claims of racism from the German football association.

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Torreira picked up a minor calf issue while away with Uruguay last week but he's trained fully since returning to Arsenal and is available for selection so I wouldn't be surprised to see him start against Newcastle this weekend. But Emery is hoping the extra rest and training sessions during the global break - the first since Ozil announced his retirement from Germany - will help the star midfielder find his feet again.

"Every conversation with him is speaking about us and about our work here every day", he said.

"Mesut, like other players, works very well here and also working the ties and also together to improve things".

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Ozil has looked slightly out of place when Emery has deployed him on the right wing rather his normal central role as a No. 10, but Emery reiterated that the German is happy switching between the two.

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