SportMesut Özil to miss fifth game in a row

17:40  06 december  2018
17:40  06 december  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Unai Emery hints at reason for Mesut Ozil's Bournemouth omission

Unai Emery hints at reason for Mesut Ozil's Bournemouth omission Unai Emery has hinted that the “demanding” nature of Arsenal’s clash with Bournemouth was the reason for leaving out Mesut Ozil on Sunday. The Gunners earned an important 2-1 victory at Dean Court, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting a second-half winner to extend his team’s unbeaten run to 17 matches. Ozil was a notable omission from the starting lineup, further suggesting that the relationship between Emery and the German is not at its healthiest. Speaking to reporters after the game, the Arsenal boss suggested that Ozil was left out for physical reasons: “We thought how we can do better in the match, a very demanding match with physicality and intensity.” Given Bournemouth’s reputation for being a ball-playing team rather than a robust one, Emery’s comments don’t make total sense. There may be more behind Ozil not playing than it appears on the surface, as he struggles to maintain a regular spot in the side. Next up for Arsenal in the Premier League is the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday – a huge match, both in terms of bragging rights and the top-four battle. It will be interesting to see if Ozil is handed a start for the game, following his absence at Bournemouth. Another place on the substitutes’ bench would further suggest that all is not well.

saying, " Mesut Özil is very important for the team. He's been missed while he's been injured. three-goal victory at home to Dinamo Zagreb.[88] He then scored for the second game in a row when he clipped in the opener in a 1–1 draw at Norwich.[89] Özil continued his run of good form by providing

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The Evening Standard claim Mesut Özil will miss a fifth consecutive Gunners game on Saturday, having been ruled out of his side’s match with Huddersfield.

The 30-year-old has been struggling with a back injury in recent weeks, and hasn’t appeared for Arsenal since the 1-1 draw with Wolves on Remembrance Weekend.

Manager Unai Emery revealed that the German had been training away from the first-team and would continue to do so for the immediate future.

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Özil has made 12 appearances in all competitions so far this season, and has scored four goals in those opportunities. Adding four assists, the midfielder had started to look more comfortable in Emery’s setup, after some rather obvious teething problems at the beginning of the Spaniard’s reign.

Ozil out of North London derby, Alderweireld on Spurs' bench

Ozil out of North London derby, Alderweireld on Spurs' bench A back spasm keeps Mesut Ozil out of Sunday's North London derby, while Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is only on the bench.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil announces his international retirement from the Germany national side after a controversial encounter with Turkish President Erdogan.

Mesut Ozil is embroiled in a race row which led to him quitting Germany team. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has backed Mesut Ozil to ignore the 'opinion and critique' emanating from Germany over his decision to quit international football and tipped his playmaker to have a 'big season' for his club.

Arsenal could also be without Aaron Ramsey at the weekend, after twisting his ankle against Manchester United in Wednesday evening’s 2-2 draw.

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Mesut Ozil "probably going to go in January", claims ex-player.
Mesut Ozil could leave Arsenal as soon as next month, according to former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol. The German was left out of the Gunners’ squad to face Tottenham on Wednesday, with Unai Emery’s side losing 2-0 and exiting the EFL Cup. It raised fresh question marks over Ozil’s future, with the 30-year-old left out for ‘tactical reasons’. Speaking to ESPN FC, Nicol claimed a good team is likely to snap up Ozil in January, although a likely drop in wages has to be expected: “I think he’s probably going to go in January. Arsenal have to eat maybe half his wages and Ozil will still go to a good side.” “Clearly Emery has sent a message. I am surprised, there’s no question they’ve had a falling out and he’s making a statement.” “I think he’s making a statement to the players as well, ‘This is my team, this is how we do it, I don’t care what the name on the back of your jersey is – this is how we’re going about it.’” “To be fair, the Arsenal players seem to have said, ‘OK, that’s fine with us.’ They’re putting it in. The only way this changes is Ozil leaves.” With every passing week it looks as though Ozil’s Arsenal career is over, potentially bringing an end to five up-and-down years in north London.

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