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Unai Emery insists he demands motivation from all his players after Arsene Wenger warned the Arsenal boss Mesut Ozil’s could take a dip.

Former Arsenal boss Wenger suggested Ozil’s retirement from international football may affect the German’s performances on the pitch.

Ozil has yet to hit top gear this season and is still adjusting to life under Emery at the Emirates.

Wenger issued a warning to his successor at Arsenal, but Emery dismissed concerns about Ozil’s mentality.

‘We need every player with a very big motivation every day in training and to continue improving and to continue helping us with his quality,’ Emery said when asked about Wenger’s comments.


‘It’s the same with Mesut. The motivation is very important for us. We want to find this motivation every day from every player.’

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The fall-out from Ozil’s retirement has been extensive, after the forward pointed to the racism he faced as a key factor in his decision to end his international career early.

Wenger knows Ozil well after coaching him for four years and said he worries his former player’s motivation might drop without a World Cup or Euros to focus on.

‘I believe that Germany need Ozil,’ Wenger told SportBild.

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‘I hope that Low can convince him to come back. Ozil is a super football player, he was not the worst at the World Cup.

‘I did not love that he left Germany’s national team because a small piece of motivation disappears when you know that you do not have to be ready for a World Cup or a European Championship.’

Ozil is back in training and in line to make his return from injury against Leicester City on Monday night.

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