Emery de­fends Ozil omis­sion

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Arse­nal man­ager Unai Emery in­di­cated Me­sut Ozil did not de­serve a place in his squad after he missed a Lon­don derby loss to West Ham on Satur­day.

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 on Satur­day, say­ing: “I de­cided on 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.”

The Spaniard, speak­ing after a re­verse that saw the Gun­ners fail to close the gap to fourth­placed Chelsea, added: “To­day the play­ers who were here, are the play­ers who de­served to be in this match.

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

Pic­ture: GETTY IMAGES/STU­ART MAC­FAR­LANE

MISS­ING OUT: Arse­nal’s Me­sut Ozil trains at Lon­don Col­ney on Fri­day in St Al­bans, Eng­land.

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