Unai Emery On Benching Mesut Ozil: Others Deserved To Play

Lynette Rowe
January 14, 2019

Emery said the German midfielder was "left out for tactical reasons" at Bournemouth in November but has explained injuries are behind his other absences.

"I decided that the players I have here were the best for this match".

"I think it's the second phase", former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere said, as he worked as a pundit for the game.

Scoring his first senior goal for West Ham United in their 1-0 defeat of Arsenal yesterday afternoon, the former Irish manager described the frustration he felt that such uncertainty still surrounds Rice's global future.

There was no place in the Arsenal squad for Mesut Ozil (Adam Davy/PA).

"I've spoken to him about it and I know he's got a bit of loyalty towards Ireland because obviously he's played for the younger ranks so he's got that bit of loyalty to them".

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"I repeat, the club must see what is best for the club, the player, for everyone.I hope they will take the decision that works for everyone". It's a bad result.

Arnautovic has been linked with a £35 million move to China, with his brother and agent Danijel claiming that the 29-year-old would like the move to happen, while West Ham have strongly insisted their star striker is not for sale.

Although Ozil and Arnautovic were talking points, match-winner Rice was singled out for praise by Pellegrini.

The Welshman, who started on the bench against the Hammers, is all set to join Juventus on a free transfer in the summer, with the Serie A giants having offered him a €7 million (£6m/$8m) per year contract. He reminds me of Kante, Makelele, those type of players.

"He is improving in every game he plays, he is now more used to giving us a good build-up in front".

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