Arsenal boss, Unai Emery, has defended his decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of his squad for Saturday evening’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham United, claiming only “one player” wouldn’t have helped the Gunners escape their fate.
The German playmaker has not featured in the Arsenal starting XI for the last four games, missing two of them while recovering from a knee injury.
Ozil has found it difficult to win Emery’s trust this season and is yet to figure out a way to become a mainstay in the Spaniard’s squad. His fitness and inconsistent showings have forced Emery’s hands, instigating him to leave the former Real Madrid man out of the starting XI on nine occasions.
When pushed over why he left Ozil out, Emery, as quoted by BBC, said: “I decided the players 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.”
Ozil hasn’t played a full game since the 3-1 win over Burnley on 12 December. And Emery has put his omissions down to niggling injury problems.
“The players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match,” added Emery after overseeing a disappointing Arsenal performance.
“We could’ve won or lost. We continue working with every player because they are all important, but the decision was to come with these players.”