Unai Emery has explained the problems he faced with Mesut Ozil during his time in charge of Arsenal .

The Spanish coach was sacked as manager of the Gunners at the end of last month, and has since been replaced by Mikel Arteta .

One regular issue Emery had to contend with at the Emirates was how to incorporate Ozil into his side, with the German playmaker often left on the sidelines.

And Emery has now admitted Ozil's frequent omission was largely due to a conflict of playing style which didn't fit with the pressing game he was trying to implement.

"I've had a lot of conversations with Mesut Ozil," Emery told BBC Sport (via Goal ). "He's a very important player for the team.

Emery found it difficult to incorporate Ozil in his pressing style
Emery found it difficult to incorporate Ozil in his pressing style

"There are games in which you see Mesut's brilliance, linking with the attack. But also I had to find players around him so he felt comfortable.

"Also the team needed to feel solid. And when you, little by little, have to build a team that is aggressive, intense, as well as structured for good pressure, we also had to find a space for Mesut as he gives us an important part of the game, which is his brilliant talent.

"To do so I had to find the right connections between players, the right tactics. I was very motivated to try to find that. I wanted Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut to work together, each one of them with their own characteristics.

Ozil was the first Arsenal player to send a message to new boss Arteta
Ozil was the first Arsenal player to send a message to new boss Arteta

"But there were times when I had to leave one of them out of the XI. Ozil is a very important player if you can find a way to make it work with other players.

"He has talent that allows other players to be better, but when you want a bit more aggressive pressure he does not have the best qualities for that."

Ozil's time under Emery was persistently dogged with uncertainty over his future - which is now in the hands of Arteta to address.

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Arteta played with Ozil during his five-year stint as an Arsenal player, and made his plans for the 30-year-old clear.

"He is a massive player for this football club," said Arteta. "I worked with him, I know when he ticks, what he can bring to the team. It's my job to get the best out of him."