Emery: Arse­nal had enough to beat West Ham

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: Unai Emery has de­fended his de­ci­sion to leave Arse­nal star Me­sut Ozil out of the match­day squad for the de­feat to West Ham.

The Ger­man, who trained all week fol­low­ing re­cov­ery from a knee in­jury, was fully fit and avail­able to fea­ture at Lon­don Sta­dium but didn’t make the bench. Emery named a de­fen­sive line up but his side could not pre­vent West Ham from tak­ing all three points and of­fered very lit­tle on the front foot.

Hav­ing left Ozil out Emery had lim­ited op­tions to come off the bench and sharpen the at­tack, but the for­mer PSG man­ager said he had more than enough to win the game in the 18-man squad named.

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

“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 [Ozil], 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,” he added. “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.”

Score: West Ham 1-0 Arse­nal

-Evening Stan­dard

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