So far the Arsenal team has lost two games, both opening under Emery the new manager of the team. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil do not fit into the desired system of Unai Emery at Arsenal, says Paul Merson.
On the other hand, Arsenal tried to play a high game, compact line and got the success in the short team at the Bridge, but Merson insists that both Mkhitaryan and Ozil are not the kind of players that fit into their style.
“He has not had the players to establish the gap of 20-yard between the attack and defense, working hard. Mkhitaryan and Ozil are the players, who play with this mindset. “For building a team tomorrow, the team asks you to play a high pressing game, not to have gaps between the lines, work as a team and you are not buying Mkhitaryan and Ozil.
“If you will follow the way of Arsene Wenger, wanting to play free-flowing, entertaining, great football, then Mkhitaryan and Ozil will walk into any world’s team. But both could not be the part of the team that plays the high pressure game.”
“I am not aware if the present players have gone past being able to adapt the high pressure way of playing. This is my concern. Their age is not a matter of concern; the way they play is a concern. “The future of Ozil? I don’t know. I am also a big fan of him, he is a player with talent, but sometimes the game passes him by.”