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Unai Emery says more and more but offers Mesut Ozil less and less clarity over his Arsenal role

On five occasions Unai Emery was offered the chance to reaffirm his support for Mesut Ozil. On each of those occasions the Arsenal head coach did all he could to avoid answering the question.

It is no secret that Emery does not like talking about his best-paid player, the biggest name at Arsenal and arguably one of the most high-profile names in world football. The words Mesut Ozil tend to bring about an immediate hardening in the Spaniard’s demeanour.

After an in-depth interview published in The Athletic it was inevitable that Ozil would be a major talking point again. Emery offered him crumbs of comfort in his answers to broadcasters ahead of the visit to Sheffield United on Sunday night, though it should be noted that the fact the Gunners head coach needed to reaffirm that he has…