Unai Emery has defended his decision to omit Arsenal star midfielder, Mesut Ozil from the match day squad that lost to West Ham.
Ozil, Arsenal’s highest-paid player, has returned to full training over the last week following a knee injury.
But the former Germany international didn’t even make it on 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 many different reasons this year and Saturday saw Emery keep faith with the side that beat Fulham in their past 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 game.
“We win with him, we lose with him. I think it’s not 1 player (so ) we could ’t win or lose. ”
The Spaniard, speaking after a reverse that saw the Gunners fail to close the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea, included: “Today the players that were here are the players that deserved to be in this match. We could’ve won or lost.
“We keep working with each player because they’re all important, but now the decision was supposed to come with these players. ”