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

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has defended his decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of the Gunners' squad for Saturday's 1-0 Premier League defeat at West Ham.

The German midfielder has not started Arsenal's last four games, albeit two while recovering from a knee injury.



"The players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match," added Emery after watching an Arsenal defeat that sees them remain fifth in the Premier League.



When pushed over why he left Ozil out, Emery said: "I decided the players I think are the best for this match.

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

Ozil's last full game was the 3-1 win over Burnley on 12 December but he has been left out of the starting XI on nine occasions in the league this season.
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