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Unai Emery defends Ozil omission after West Ham defeat

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Unai Emery has defended his decision to omit Arsenal star midfielder, Mesut Ozil from the match day squad that lost to West Ham.

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Ozil, Arsenal’s highest-paid player, has returned to full training over the last week following a knee injury.

But the former Germany international did not even make it onto the bench at the London Stadium where Declan Rice’s first senior goal gave the Hammers a 1-0 win.

Ozil has missed games for a variety of reasons this season and Saturday saw Emery keep faith with the side that beat Fulham in their previous Premier League match.

Emery was in defiant mood when asked why Ozil had not featured at all on Saturday, saying:

“I decided the idea of the players that I think are the best for this match.

“We win with him, we lose with him. I think it is not one player (which means) we can’t win or lose.”

The Spaniard, speaking after a reverse that saw the Gunners fail to close the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea, added: “Today the players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match. We could’ve won or lost.

“We continue working with every player because they are all important, but today the decision was to come with these players.”

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190 Comments

  1. congrats on your win, that’s the spirit of the game, one player can’t decide the fate of a game, he can only play his part

  2. No matter what, at least Mesut Ozil should have been in bench since he has returned to full training, Emery should be cautious

  3. As a coach you ought to work with your team because disunity brings loss. Its true you can’t win or lose with or without him. Your choice though.

  4. Soccer is also a game of luck. Maybe ur luck did not shine today. It is also good u decided to develop other players. U can’t always rely on one person. What if he dumps u tomorrow? I salute ur courage Sir.

  5. Ozil has been one of my most fantastic player in Arsenal, since he’s arrival he has made impact but injury we know kills the career of players …Emery has made a wonderful decision

  6. Their is no complain you can give that will convince us is just that you don’t want to use him

  7. Congratulations to him and he made a nice decision on his career.Keep doing what you know how to do best

  8. Happy he came out to defend his opinion before everybody…Ozil soccer cant be yours everyday its a game of luck congratulations for where you are today sure you play more and shine on higher its never too late

  9. The coach had said it all, we won with him, we have lost with him. I think he is more closer to the player than any other person.

  10. Better for him even though arsenal is off club make he come join man u he will improve more at man u his injury va gone

  11. I think you are making a great mistake for not playing your best midfielder you might be showed the door out soon..

  12. I think with the kind of pattern Emery is playing, Ozil may not feature regularly, plus age is not on his side.

  13. The coach I believe to a considerable level I believe they know what is good for their team. No particular player is More important than the other.

  14. one thing that kill an organisation is covering of people sins and error in the organisation. please don’t defend him again next time

  15. I understand the coach. He doesn’t want to build the team on a particular player like ozil. He want victory with or without ozil

  16. I hope he is not having any issue with Ozil aside from that. Anyway, congratulations for your winning

  17. It is also good u decided to develop other players. U can’t always rely on one person. What if he dumps u tomorrow? I salute ur courage Sir.

  18. This is good decision,we know ozil can still do it better, more than before.W e wish them best of luck ever

  19. Allow him do his job. He trains with them ans knows who will play on the pitch. Congratulations you won.

  20. He is the coach and make the decisions, it’s quite unfortunate it didn’t work out for them this time around so everybody should bear the loss too.

  21. Everything about life is like that. You don’t get to win in all season. Some you win and some you don’t and yet, with the same players.

  22. Omitting ozil is not the reason why Arsenal lost..he is the coach..i think his reason is valid enough for me

  23. Thr coach earns the priase and scoulding on any team that.wins or looses. Ozil is a good player that is important to Arsenal victory.

  24. Maybe ur luck did not shine today. It is also good u decided to develop other players. U can’t always rely on one person. What if he dumps u tomorrow? I salute ur courage Sir.

  25. A team is not made of one player though some times there are player whom you won’t want them to be out of any match

  26. I’m beginning to think he has a personal beef with ozil. He give one flimsy excuse or the other for his omission in matches

  27. Let it not be that u re now having some kind of hate for ozil as morinho did to pogba and dat affected d team

  28. The coach is right. You don’t just start a player who is just coming back From injury. Is a gradual thing.

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