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Emery defends Ozil omission as Arsenal lose to West Ham



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 at all on Saturday , saying , “ I decided the idea of the players that 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 fourth – placed Chelsea , added , “ Today the players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match . We could ’ ve won or lost .

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

( AFP)