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Gilberto Silva Urges Unai Emery to Integrate Özil

Arsenal Invincible Gilberto Silva says that Unai Emery should cease his policy of leaving Mesut Özil on the bench and integrate him into the team.

Gilberto, who won a Premier League and two FA Cups with the club from 2002-08, says that a player of the German’s talent is too good to leave wasting on the bench.

“He has to be on the field,” the Brazilian told radio station talkSPORT. “A player of his calibre cannot be on the bench, in my opinion.

“People always try to find something to talk about with Ozil; why he's not playing, when he's playing he's not doing well. But this kind of player, you have to give them responsibilities.

“What's the best way to give them responsibilities? Put him on the field and right now it's down to the manager.

“What's the best set up of the team? Right now, I think for Arsenal fans, it is difficult to see him on the bench.

“Because he's a very creative player, he can provide for strikers the final touch. Why not find a way for the team to play and find the space for him where he can be important for the team and be more balanced on his game, to have a better average?”


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