Emery defends decision to drop Ozil: I select the players

Mesut Ozil

Arsenal lost away at West Ham United on Saturday (1-0) and the Gunners failed to impress in the attacking department at London stadium. Arsenal boss Unai Emery decided to leave Mesut Ozil out of his squad and with the club’s lack of attacking power, the Spaniard was criticised for leaving Ozil home.

After the game, which was won by a single goal from West Ham defender Declan Rice, Emery defended his decision. “I decided the idea of the players that I think are the best for this match,” he said. “We win with him, we lose with him.”

“I think it is not one player [which means] we can’t win or lose. 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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