Arsenal's Ozil needs to be 'more consistent' to earn start - Emery

The legendary French boss was in charge of Arsenal when Ozil renewed his deal

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has challenged troubled star Mesut Ozil to prove his worth after a season marred by injuries and illness.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who signed Ozil from Real Madrid, this week questioned whether the club-record contract had left the player in the "comfort zone".

Scotland's participation in Europe ended on Thursday after 10-man Celtic fell 1-0 at Valencia, already 2-0 up from the first leg in Glasgow and winners in Spain thanks to Kevin Gameiro's 70th-minute strike. He is quoted by The Telegraph as saying: "Firstly, the key is in his hands". And he is working very well this week.

"I would love to see him back, but I don't think it would happen".

"So at first I was greeted on the team coach with chants of "we want our Mars bars".

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Asked again if he would consider selling the 19-year-old, Emery responded: "No, I don't want".

"He needs to be consistent, be available for training, for the matches".

The highest-paid player in the club's history responded with a good display, linking up play well and showing flashes of his true ability which so often goes missing in games. Without the injuries, without being sick.

Goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos either side of the break sealed a comfortable 3-1 aggregate win as the Gunners booked their place in the Europa League last 16.

The Gunners had a decent chance to move ahead for the first time in the two legs but Henrikh Mkhitaryan, guilty of spurning a superb early opportunity in Belarus, blazed high and wide from just inside the penalty area. The midfielder has been on the outside looking in for Emery this season.

And it was only the seventh time this season the World Cup victor had completed a full 90 minutes. "Lots of philosophies, lots of talk, lots of PR. Football today is a lot about this, but [it is about] results, and who did better than him?"

"I think this week was good for all the players because we are in a big, important moment for the season".

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