David Luiz insists Arsenal can catch runaway leaders Liverpool

EPL: Michael Owen predicts Sheffield Utd vs Arsenal, Man Utd vs Liverpool, Chelsea vs Newcastle

'This year started hard for him.

The summer arrival of Dani Ceballos has further marginalised Ozil from the first-team picture, however, despite his struggles this season the 30-year-old insists he remains happy with life in North London and intends to see out the remaining two years of his contract at the club. "We are going to decide in the next days", Emery said in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by talkSPORT. But then the problem he had along with Sead stopped him.

"I'm here until at least 2021".

He told The Athletic he felt he had become a scapegoat, claiming: 'If we don't do well in a big game, it's always my fault'. He lost a lot of training to continue to work and keep his fitness. But in the last two to three weeks he's improved with us in training and I think it's good, ' he said. Sure, they've already gotten through 3 matches against top 6 sides, 2 of which came away from home, but they've just been so unconvincing throughout the season that you can't help but feel they're in a false position. Then he can play.

In 42 Premier League games against Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, the German has scored six goals and assisted nine, while three Champions League meetings with Barcelona have garnered none of either. "I think the team is improving and now we are in third in the table but we want to finish this season fighting for the title". Actually, the opposite. I played many games when I was ill or had injuries.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery: "We have challenges every day, we have challenges when we are playing matches and we have them collectively".

"Before, there were other players ahead of him in training". This weekend Arsenal travel to Sheffield, a place where they've already had a hard past, to take on Chris Wilder's stubborn Premier League newboys Sheffield United.

Emery had struck a less conciliatory tone when Ozil was left out of a Europa League tie with Standard Liege earlier this month as he said: 'When I decided he shouldn't be in the squad it's because I think other players deserved it more.' But the Arsenal manager has been impressed with the player's reaction and added yesterday: 'When I said that it was because at that moment maybe other players were in front of him.

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