Unai Emery unsatisfied with £350,000-a-week playmaker performances

Arsenal coach’s decision to start Gunners outcast Mesut Ozil against Wolverhampton ‘smacked of poor leadership’. Former Germany international appeared to be set for another frustrating campaign at the London club after being left out of six successive Gunners matchday squads earlier in the season.

But Mesut impressed in the Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool last week and then started weekend’s Premier League fixture with Wolves. Gunners let another lead slip to draw to Wolverhampton and ex-Republic of Ireland centre-forward Cascarino slammed Unai Emery’s decision to start Ozil.

‘It smacked of poor leadership,’ he said. ‘If the Gunners coach genuinely believed Ozil was the man to lift his faltering team, he would have used him more than twice in the Premier League this campaign. ‘Instead, his selection seemed motivated by a desire to appease the Arsenal fans.

If the Spanish tactician is to turn things around at the London club, he needs to do more than pick a fan favourite. ‘London club are a side who will always offer an opening to their opponents. Wolves had 25 attempts to Arsenal’s ten on the weekend, and it was only a matter of time before they equalised.

‘It was interesting hearing Emery say afterwards that his side had spurned the opportunity to score a second goal.  Emery’s priority must be to make this side more solid.’

Unai Emery is under massive pressure at Emirates Stadium and, speaking after the demoralising Wolves draw, said: ‘I am very demanding of myself. ‘We are not proud of our result today. The result is not good.’