Onus on Ozil to rise above criticism, says ex-Arsenal star Wright

Alexandre Lacazette scoring the goal

Alexandre Lacazette scoring the goal

Maurizio Sarri has labelled Eden Hazard "one of the best in Europe", but insists that the Chelsea forward can still step up another level. That was all in the first half.

Barkley and Hazard made way for Eden Hazard and Mateo Kovacic on the hour as Sarri tried to put his side back on top, and Jorginho had a deflected strike held by Cech.

The Blues and the Gunners will face off Saturday at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League Week 2 game.

Emery's predecessor, Arsene Wenger, rarely played both Lacazette and Aubameyang together in the same side last season as he often erred on the side of caution despite their hugely impressive statistics when playing in the same team together.

Özil has always been regarded as Arsenal's talisman, but has disappointed frequently since he signed a new three-year contract to remain at the Emirates Stadium in January.

It is still too early to judge Unai Emery based on these defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea to open the season. There are defensive moments and attacking moments. He was close to becoming Wenger's successor this summer but Emery pipped him to the job. Emery is expected to stick with Sokratis and Mustafi at the heart of the Arsenal defence, and sitck with the 4-2-3-1 formation to stifle Chelsea. "Whether that means he's got the players already or he's going to have to bring them in throughout three or maybe four transfer windows, I believe he should get that and we should judge him then".

"This is the story of the first half defensively for Arsenal".

Former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo, has warned Arsenal manager Unai Emery, to stop trying to change Mesut Ozil.

Emery, however, has been handed a timely boost ahead of only his second Premier League outing. There is a Plan A, to get the ball wide and time runs to perfection. Saturday proved it will be nerve-wracking for their fans but quite a lot of fun for neutrals.

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