Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has reportedly cut his post-World Cup holiday short to make an early return to training under new manager Unai Emery.
The Spanish tactician replaced Arsene Wenger after 22 years with the Gunners this summer, and has seemingly made a real impression on the squad so far.
Although it’s early days yet, Emery’s intense training sessions in pre-season are apparently going down well with players and have persuaded Ozil to come back early after hearing about them from his team-mates, according to Goal.
The Germany international was a key player for Arsenal under Wenger, though many would argue he’s yet to ever fully show the kind of form he displayed at his peak with Real Madrid.
Still, working under a more demanding manager like Emery could be just what Ozil needs after seeing his career stall somewhat with a real dip in performances last season.
Arsenal fans have long been crying out for a change in manager despite Wenger’s legendary status in north London, with the final few years of his reign seeing plenty of under-achievement and questionable decisions on and off the pitch.
For the time being, it looks like Emery coming in is making a real difference and bringing about the change of culture this club urgently needs.