Arsenal ‘s Mesut Ozil concedes he and Unai Emery don’t always “see eye-to-eye” amid his continued struggles.
The German has been a peripheral figure since the Spaniard succeeded Arsene Wenger in 2018.
Prior to the Frenchman leaving Ozil signed a new deal to make his the club’s highest earner, but Emery has shown little sympathy for star man status.
The Gunners boss has regularly benched the former Real Madrid man as he seeks to implement his own style of play at the Emirates.
Ozil looks to be collateral damage in his efforts to secure a Champions League return, but maintains he respects his manager despire their difference in opinion.
He told the Athletic : “I’ve worked under some of the biggest coaches in the world — Arsene, Jose Mourinho, Joachim Low — and always I show respect. It’s the same for Unai.
“We might not see eye-to-eye on everything but that’s normal, it’s life and it’s the same with my family and friends. You have to accept it and go forward.”
Ozil has been challenged to earn a recall to the starting XI and dismissed suggestions he could be an observer for the rest of his contract.
He added: “I don’t think that will happen (that he won’t start again under Emery). I will play. I believe in myself to do what he asks of me and I want to help the club to reach our goals.”
Ozil has made just two appearances so far this season with Arsenal sat just behind Manchester City in third.
But the emergence of several Arsenal academy graduates and Emery’s reluctance to play a number 10 makes his inclusion a tall order.