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Now it is very important for me to think first [about] the match against Newcastle [at the weekend], we need to win the three points and then think the same for the Europa League. Lucas Torreira could start in his place, or Aaron Ramsey could drop back from his advanced position against Cardiff and allow Mesut Ozil to play through the middle with Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right of the front three.

The 32-year-old was quizzed on how long he felt he could continue at the highest footballing level and responded in a confident manner, indicating that he could play for several more years yet.

"I want to find with him the possibility to do the best, to make decisive passes, to do more near and in the box to score", the manager said ahead of their trip to Newcastle United.

"This is the moment to say to you that I have a good relationship with Mesut and I didn't say it to the groundsman not to water on the pitch, it's not true".

Unai Emery insists that he has a "very good relationship" with Mesut Ozil and hopes to see the German midfielder kick on at Arsenal. "Mesut, I look at him with the focus totally here".

"Mesut, like other players, works very well here and also working the ties and also together to improve things".

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal is giving no immediate consideration to the prospect of retiring from football, the Evening Standard reports.

'I'm sure lots of top clubs are monitoring the situation and are ready to poach him.

Gazidis made the decision for Emery to succeed Arsene Wenger, having overseen a restructure at the club by bringing in head of relations Raul Sanllehi from Barcelona and former Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment.

"Every conversation with him is speaking about us and about our work here every day", he said.