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SportEmery explains Ozil absence

18:30  12 january  2019
18:30  12 january  2019 Source:   goal.com

Ozil draws closer to Arsenal exit after Emery explains decision to omit midfielder from West Ham squad

Ozil draws closer to Arsenal exit after Emery explains decision to omit midfielder from West Ham squad Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reportedly preparing to say farewell to Mesut Ozil. Left out of the squad for the 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday, the Spaniard claimed that the players named in the starting lineup and on the bench were those who ‘deserved to be there’. Quoted by the Daily Mail, Emery said: “The players who were here were the ones who deserved to be at this match. Sometimes he [Ozil] is helping us, at other moments not helping us because of injury or because maybe the match is not for him.

Home Players First team Emery explains Ozil absence from Bournemouth win. There was no room for Ozil from the bench either, as Emery continued, “It depends how it is coming the match, how it is coming in the 90 minutes, and I decided for another option.

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Emery explains Ozil absence © Getty Images Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery insisted there was nothing to be read into Mesut Ozil's absence from the squad for the 1-0 defeat at West Ham as he stressed "we know we can't lose him".

Ozil returned to training following a knee problem this week but was left out of the matchday squad as Declan Rice's second-half strike stretched Arsenal's winless away run in the league to five matches.

Emery said Ozil's omission was not an indication that he would be sold during the January transfer window, instead claiming the decision was purely a tactical one.

"We have enough players to win today and impose our game plan, our tactics and quality against West Ham," he said.

Emery defends Ozil omission in loss

Emery defends Ozil omission in loss Unai Emery suggested Mesut Ozil did not deserve a place in Arsenal's squad as he sat out Saturday's Premier League defeat at West Ham. The Gunners' highest-paid player has returned to full training over the last week following a knee problem, but was left out of Emery's travelling party completely as Declan Rice's first senior goal sealed a 1-0 victory for West Ham at the London Stadium. Ozil has missed a number of games this season, with differing reasons given for his absence. A 2-1 win at Bournemouth in November was the only time Emery conceded the former Germany international was left out for tactical reasons.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists Mesut Ozil missed their win at Fulham with a back injury. Ozil was conspicuous in his absence for the 5-1 win. But Emery explained : "Yesterday he came in with pain and he cannot train yesterday or play today. "Each training also he can [do it]. For example [we had

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"But also respect to West Ham, they have good players, with their supporters here they feel strong and maybe for the match some players, like attacking players, can help, but we had enough with these players.

"I decided that the players I have here were the best for this match. We have won with him, we have lost with him, he is not one player that is for sale. We know we can't lose him.

"I can say he is working this week normally. I just said we have won and lost with him and today the players here were the players who deserved to be in this match and with them we can win, but we lost.

"I will continue to work with every player because they are all important but today the decision was to come with these players."

Arsenal waiting patiently on Ozil's fitness ahead of Fulham meeting.
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is facing a late fitness test ahead of the game against Fulham on New Year’s Day. The Independent reports that the German midfielder remains a doubt for the clash, but the Gunners are willing to play the long game in a bid that he recovers in time. Ozil was forced to sit out of the heavy defeat against Liverpool after struggling with a reported knee issue. Unai Emery remained on coy on the player’s availability after the game, with increasing concerns over the German’s long-term future at the club. With Ozil unable to nail down a regular starting spot in Emery’s plans this season, he has been linked with moves away from the Emirates as early as the January transfer window. As a result of Chelsea beating Crystal Palace over the weekend, Arsenal now have ground to make up in the race for the top four, so having Ozil available will come as a timely boost for the Gunners.

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