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Mesut Ozil's attitude behind-the-scenes at Arsenal has been very positive

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Arsenal's bid to break back into the top four received a significant boost last night after Chelsea's 0-0 draw at home to Southampton.

The Gunners are now just three points behind the Blues after their 4-1 win over Fulham, with Manchester United hot on their tails under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

New manager Unai Emery has been mostly praised during his first season in north London, but some doubts have creeped in over the past few weeks.

Aaron Ramsey's impending departure, the humiliating 5-1 loss to Liverpool and the issues with Mesut Ozil being the primary reasons why.

Ramsey is certain to leave the club in next six months, while there are doubts over Ozil's future due to Emery's reluctance to play him.

Some reports have suggested that the relationship between the pair has deteriorated to an irreparable point.

However, Ozil's agent Dr Erkut Sogut declared yesterday that his client is more than happy at Arsenal and his long-term future is at the Emirates.

And a report from the Evening Standard today has provided more detail on Ozil's state of mind at the moment.

It is said that Emery has been impressed by Ozil's desire to break back into his plans, with the German determined to knuckle down for the second-half of the season.

Ozil & Emery

The 30-year-old playmaker has also not become a disruptive figure in the dressing room like Alexis Sanchez was this time last year.

Emery and Ozil's relationship has not really deteriorated, despite a difference in opinion with regards to the German's involvement in the first-team.

Both Arsenal and Ozil will review his future at the end of the season, but the Standard are quick to point out that a bid from one of Europe's top clubs in January could change matters.

The former Real Madrid man was absent in the win over Fulham due to a recurring knee injury and it will be interesting to see if he's involved against Blackpool in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Topics:
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Unai Emery
Aaron Ramsey
Mesut Özil
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