LONDON – Mesut Ozil’s relationship with Arsenal boss Unai Emery has come under the spotlight after the Spaniard appeared to suggest Sunday’s match at Bournemouth was too “demanding” for the German.
The 30-year-old German World Cup-winning midfielder played in the last three matches, all draws, the manager decided his style did not fit with Bournemouth’s robust approach.
“We thought ‘how we can do better in the match’, a very demanding match with physicality and intensity,” Emery said following the 2-1 win for Arsenal when asked why Ozil had not started.
“Every player is important but today we tried with three centre-backs and it was another possibility for us to improve and find our best performance as a team.”
Ozil’s place in the team is in jeopardy for their next match against Tottehamn Spurs in the London derby on Sunday, “It depends on how the match is going,” said Emery, replying to a question on why Ozil had not warmed up.
“I decided on another option. We knew this was a difficult stadium, a difficult team. Seventeen matches we haven’t lost but the last three we drew. That is not enough for us.”
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