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Unai Emery says Mesut Ozil's salary at Arsenal is not important to him

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Unai Emery faces a must-win game against Burnley.

The new Arsenal boss has impressed since taking over from Arsene Wenger, but the Gunners have lost their last two games in all competitions.

Last weekend's 3-2 loss away at Southampton brought a halt to Arsenal's 22-game unbeaten run.

And Wednesday night saw them lose to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup quarter-final, although elimination from the competition may be the best thing for Arsenal in the long run.

Now, with players set to return from suspension and injury for the Premier League game against Burnley, Emery needs a response.

Sead Kolasinac is expected to return to the match day squad, as is Mesut Ozil, who was left out against Spurs for 'tactical reasons'.

The German has found life tough under Emery and the manager's thoughts on Ozil's £350,000-a-week salary says that it isn't going to get easier anytime soon.

“The player’s [Ozil] salary is not important for me, I don’t know the players’ salary because, for me, they are the same,” Emery said, per Telegraph.

“Every player, I want to give them the same conversation or the same decision for play or not play. The most important thing for me is to be OK training every day with good behaviour and good commitment and giving us their quality.

Ozil arrives for the Bournemouth game

"I understand some players outside give us more news, but for me it’s the same.”

The fact Ozil is the highest earning player in Arsenal's history clearly doesn't both Emery at all.

Emery's no-nonsense attitude and physically demanding playing style has been in stark contrast to Wenger's final years at Arsenal.

Players didn't look motivated and there seemed to be a lack of effort and discipline on the pitch.

Emery vs Spurs

A lot of that has changed since Emery's arrival and if Ozil wants to continue earning the big bucks in north London, he will simply have to conform.

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