Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said that he is confident that both Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will be mentally prepared ahead of Saturday’s league clash against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners duo missed the Premier League curtain-raiser with Newcastle United due to security reasons relating to the attempted car-jacking incident in which they were involved last month.
The investigation has since gone smoothly with the Metropolitan Police, who have arrested two men involved in a separate public offence outside Ozil’s residence, and this has helped the first-team stars return to normal training.
Speaking ahead of the Burnley game, Emery said that he is 100 percent sure over the mental preparedness of the pair and remains positive regarding their involvement in the forthcoming league encounter.
“Yes, 100 per cent. We are 100 per cent with them. The mentality is now on focusing on us, for training and matches. Really, my focus is to be positive and focus on making sure the players are 100 per cent in their minds here. I want to help them to be with us, back to normality training, thinking about football,” he was quoted as saying by Arsenal.com.
Both Ozil and Kolasinac have not been involved in the first-team affairs over the past week and it won’t be a surprise, if the duo feature from the bench at best when the Clarets make the trip to north London.
Still, it is a morale boost for the squad to witness the normalcy of the security situation for both Ozil and Kolasinac, and they will be aiming to keep up the early momentum with a second league win from as many games.
Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos and Gabriel Martinelli made their Gunners debuts off the bench at St James’ Park last weekend, but Emery has given no indication whether any of the trio could make the starting XI against Sean Dyche’s side.
Granit Xhaka remains a potential injury doubt for the game with a back and leg problem and that could pave the way for Ceballos to make his full debut for the Gunners in Saturday’s lunch time kick-off.