Unai Emery: Mesut Ozil's Arsenal omission defended by manager

Arsenal boss Unai Emery

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The technically gifted player who be a valuable addition given Arsenal's recent wobble.

His West Ham teammate Michail Antonio was a guest on Goals on Sunday, and was asked about the global future of his teammate.

'Simply because he should have the opportunity to either play his way into form or get him on there and he'll play himself out of form so we can see exactly what is happening with Mesut Ozil.

Emery said the German midfielder was "left out for tactical reasons" at Bournemouth in November but has explained injuries are behind his other absences. We could've won or lost. He told reporters: "I decided the players who are the best for this match. We continue working with every player because they are all important, but today the decision was to come with these players", added Emery.

The Austria worldwide has been heavily linked with a move to a Chinese club, with his brother also coming out to suggest the devastating attacker wants to leave the Hammers.

The victory takes West Ham to eighth place - level on points with Leicester in seventh.

"We will see what happens in the next few days", The Sun quote the Hammers boss as saying.

'After 67 minutes I think, Arsenal didn't create anything. The Gunners have been missing a spark, suffering three defeats from their last six league games, including yesterday's disappointing 1-0 defeat to West Ham.

But, the 19-year-old did not have to wait too long to get off the mark, curling in a handsome effort from a Nasri lay off three minutes after the interval as Arsenal failed to clear a West Ham corner. The problem is that we have to work harder in the next games and be more competitive. "[N'Golo] Kante and Claude Makelele, those types of players, up there, are what he reminds me of because he completely breaks things up and gets the team ticking".

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