Unai Emery is stirring controversy with a statement about one of his club’s most popular players. In light of his young side beating Standard Liege in the Europa League last Thursday, Emery has said that some other players “deserved” a spot in Arsenal’s squad more than Mesut Ozil does.
Ozil, who is the club’s highest-paid player and has been playing for them since 2013, was left out of the match squad once again as Gabriel Martinelli scored twice in a 4-0 Group F victory. Emery made 10 chances to the team that drew on Monday night at their game against Manchester United. Ozil did not make the match day squad on that occasion either.
When asked by the press about Ozil’s absence, Emery said that he thinks hard each time about which players he selects for each game, and usually chooses the best of the squad to represent his club and give them the best chances of winning. He noted that when he decided that Ozil should not be in the squad, it is because he believed that other players have worked harder and deserve it more.
Martinelli’s Performance Praised
The coach further added that he would be working with players who have not played before their recent Sunday game. The goal for the club, he said, is to win against Bournemouth on the next match day, and to carry that pace forward into every match it appears in. In the meantime, it looks like Ozil might be left at home to play Australian online pokies for the time being.
On a more positive note for the Gunners, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding (all of whom captained the side) all came through in the final 90 minute stretch as they furthered their comebacks after suffering various injuries.
Martinelli, who managed to score 2 goals on his debut at the Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest, also followed up his performance with another double score. Emery is reportedly very impressed with his career start in the English club. According to the head coach, he saw the player working and training hard in pre-season – and not much has changed.
Arsenal Gearing Up for Oct. 24 Match
Emery says that Martinelli performed perfectly in pre-season training, and that he told the player to be calm as he seized his opportunity to show off his skills. If the footballer continues like this, the coach says, he will go far, as was confirmed by his recent match victories.
Arsenal will be returning to the Premier League action in Bournemouth, England this coming Sunday. Their next Europa League game will be hosted at home to the Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes on October 24, 2019.
Born on October 15, 1988 in Germany, Mesut Ozil is a player for Arsenal serving at squad number 10. The footballer entered into his sporting career on September 14, 2013, and has previously played for Real Madrid, Werder Bremen and Schalke. He is 180cm tall and weighs 71kg. Since arriving at the Premier League after departing from Real Madrid in 2013, Mesut has created more chances than any other of the team’s players, and has also contributed the most assists.