ARSENAL boss Unai Emery ‘can’t handle’ big egos like Mesut Ozil, according to former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado.
The Gunners boss has been hesitant to trust the club’s highest earner this term, often leaving him on the bench or out of the matchday squad.
Ozil’s immediate Arsenal future is in doubt, despite Emery’s repeated claims that he wants to continue working with the German.
But Salgado believes the former PSG boss doesn’t know how to deal with players who boast big egos in the dressing room.
“He’s a special manager like Rafa Benitez,” he told Malaysian network Stadium.
“He cannot handle big egos”
“He needs a squad with no big names, with no big egos. He cannot handle big egos.
“He needs a squad with team-work players, players that he can shape, that he can develop, that he can get into his system.
“Then if he’s got depth in his squad and the right players to work for him during the season and they follow him and are ready for it, then he can get results like he did in Sevilla, winning three Europa Leagues back-to-back. The players were ready for him.
“They were great players, but no big egos, no big names.
“I think he needs to learn how to deal with egos. He’s still learning. I know in PSG it was difficult for him because those were really big egos.”
And Salgado has backed Ozil to stay at Arsenal, hailing his talent.
“Ozil can be the only one who is a special player because he’s a talented player,” he added.
“It’s the job to try to get him into the system because he will need him.
“A team like Arsenal needs sometimes a different player, a talented player, that’s Ozil for sure.”
Ozil started Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester United but was replaced by Alex Iwobi in the second half.