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I'm Happy To Play For Unai Emery, Mesut Ozil Insists

16 September 2018

Asked if Arsenal would benefit from the former Germany international's decision to retire from global football, Emery said: "It's a new way for him".

Granit Xhaka celebrates after scoring Arsenal's first goal against Newcastle United.

"I have proven with my experience to know the best way to manage the players, ' Emery said as his side prepare to face Rafa Benitez's Newcastle at St James" Park on Saturday.

Xhaka was heavily involved again as Ozil doubled the lead nine minutes later.

Newcastle's heads dropped thereafter and, despite Ciaran Clark's stoppage-time header, they have just the solitary point from a daunting start to the season, while Arsenal's bid for a return to the top four is gathering steam.

The Wales international's situation at The Emirates has been a source of uncertainty in recent weeks due to the fact that his current contract with the north London side is due to expire at the end of the season.

"That defeat hurt me more than the Tottenham one, or the Man City one, or the Chelsea one, because I don't think Arsenal are that good a team".

They may not have been at their best, but Arsenal still deservedly picked up all three points.

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka got a hand to Ozil's rather tame effort, as he had done to Xhaka's free kick, and will feel he could have prevented the second, if not both of Arsenal's goals.

The Gunners made it three wins on the spin after narrowly beating the Magpies at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon.

"Also when the left-back and the right-back are arriving in the box we want to give them chances to score but normally, our attacking players will do more in the future".

"The result gives us confidence but the things on the pitch, individually and collectively, that we can improve", he said, per Sky Sports.

How to read this, a third successive victory for Arsenal - their second away from home - by September was best done through context.

I'm Happy To Play For Unai Emery, Mesut Ozil Insists