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Saturday 24 August 2019

Ozil and Kolasinac can play

Unai Emery
Unai Emery

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery is certain Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are both mentally prepared to feature in tomorrow's Premier League clash at home to Burnley.

The duo were unavailable for last weekend's 1-0 win at Newcastle as the police investigate "further security incidents".

Both players were targeted by car-jackers in north London last month, with security camera footage showing Kolasinac confronting the offenders after they approached Ozil's car. The two players emerged unhurt during the incident in Golders Green.

Selection

Neither had trained last Friday before Arsenal released a statement later in the day announcing they would be unavailable for selection at St James' Park.

But Emery confirmed that both players had returned in the build-up to Arsenal's first home game of the season and was in no doubt that they would be ready if called upon against the Clarets.

Asked if the pair would be mentally ready for Saturday, Emery replied: "Yes, 100 per cent. Really my focus is to be positive and focus on making sure the players are 100 per cent in their minds here.

"I want to help them to be with us, back to normal training, thinking about football. Above all, I want them to be able to focus on each training session and each match.

"Am I pleased that they're back? Of course. For me, first they're a person and second they're a player."

None of Arsenal's summer signings started in the victory at Newcastle as Emery eases them into his set-up.

The likes of David Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe will be keen to force their way into the side this weekend, although Granit Xhaka may miss out due to bruising on his back and leg.

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