Unai Emery publicly hits out at Mesut Ozil and insists German playmaker did not have attributes to fit his

Ex-Arsenal boss Unai Emery has hit out at Mesut Ozil and insists the German playmaker did not fit into his style of play at the club.

The Spaniard was dismissed last month, and it was no secret he had a turbulent relationship with Ozil, who was left out several match day squads this season by the 48-year-old.

Ozil and Emery had a turbulent relationship at Arsenal

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Ozil and Emery had a turbulent relationship at Arsenal

And following the news that Mikel Arteta was to be his successor, Emery has cast some light on the troubles he had with the World Cup winner which may have ultimately led to his dismissal.

Despite admitting Ozil’s has qualities for all to see, Emery said the 31-year-old relies heavily on surrounding players to support him.

“There are games in which you see Mesut’s brilliance, linking with the attack,” Emery told BBC Sport. “But also I had to find players around him so he felt comfortable.

“Also the team needed to feel solid. And when you, little by little, have to build a team that is aggressive, intense, as well as structured for good pressure, we also had to find a space for Mesut.

“Ozil is a very important player if you can find a way to make it work with other players.

“He has talent that allows other players to be better, but when you want a bit more aggressive pressure he does not have the best qualities for that.”

Arteta is the new man in charge at Arsenal

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Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi bakced up Emery’s claims that Ozil needed to do more on the training pitch to stake a claim in the first team, but ultimately the World Cup winner outlasted Emery following a run of seven games without a win.

However, under the temporary management of Freddie Ljungberg, Ozil’s form hasn’t improved and he was brought off just shy of the hour mark in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City and threw his gloves to the ground in anger.

Meanwhile, other reports suggest Ozil is closing in on a January loan move to Fenerbahce.

Damien Comolli, who is the Turkish club’s sporting director, is believed to have jetted to London earlier this week to discuss the deal.

Turkish newspaper Fotomac claim the Turkish giants are ‘very close’ to reaching an agreement with Ozil.