Ozil’s former coach Jose Mourinho has given Arsenal some tips on how to keep the German playmaker happy.

The Portuguese coach signed Ozil in the summer of 2010 during his time at Real Madrid where they enjoyed success together.

Ozil signed a new contract at Arsenal last season which made him the club highest paid player. But he is currently struggling for game time under new boss Unai Emery this season and becoming more unsettled each week.

Speaking on beIN Sports Jose Mourinho weighed in on the situation surrounding the 30-year-old.

“Honestly, I don’t know what is going on, if he is having a physical problem or not,’ Mourinho said.


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“I know that there was some problem in relation to his contract, he is leaving on a free then he is not leaving on a free. I think finally he signed a contract and decided to stay.

“So there is not an issue with contract, so I believe there is something with the physical point of view or there is some confrontation of ideas with Unai. I think the nature of football is exactly this nature.

“With me, Ozil played amazingly well but maybe not with Unai. And maybe a certain player that I don’t remember was phenomenal with Unai but doesn’t work as well with me. It’s just the nature of empathy.

“I just feel that Ozil is the kind of player that needs the both sides of it. By one side, if you are just sweet with him, you lose his natural aggression because he’s not naturally a very strong, physical player in terms of aggression.

“If you are too strong with him and forget that he also needs a bit of care, a little bit of love, you don’t find the right balance. So I think it’s about finding the right balance with him.”

Ozil joined Arsenal in 2013 and has so far made a total of 155 appearances with 30 goals.

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