Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil was again forced to watch from afar as the Gunners were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
Unai Emery declined to publicly guarantee Mesut Ozil’s future at the Emirates Stadium after letting the Germany playmaker out of his first-team plans.
Without the 30-year old, North London archrival Spurs get to the semi-final of the Carabao cup courtesy of Heung-Min Son 20th minute goal and Dele Alli extending the lead in the second half.
It was in those frenetic moments, maybe, that Gunners could have profited from Ozil’s easy-football methodology. But, it is clearer than any time in recent times that Emery does not consider Ozil to be equipped for fitting in with his aggressive attack and high-octane football style.
Ozil was sidelined for the trip to Bournemouth on the grounds that Emery wanted a team with “physicality and intensity“. If Emery does not think Ozil can withstand the pressure of The Cherries, at that point for what reason would he consider him capable for a North London derby?
In Ozil’s nonattendance, the spotlight swung to those who Emery had confided in the creative positions. The inclusion of Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi was not out of the ordinary, but the fielding of Aaron Ramsey just added another layer of multifaceted nature to the Ozil circumstance, which is quickly turning into a completely blown adventure, if not an acceptable impression of a cleanser musical drama.
It is somewhat a direct result of Ozil’s weekly pay, obviously, with Ramsey set to leave the club when his contract expires toward the end of this season. With Arsenal’s wage bill so extended, the club is reluctant to pay the Welsh man the kind of pay-rise he believes he deserves.
This most recent snub mean the Germany international has made just two league games for Arsenal in more than a month, including 20 minutes off the bench in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Southampton
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However, Emery more than once avoided questions on the likelihood of Ozil exit in January while insisting the decision “Tactical”.
“My focus is analysing this match and Saturday,” he responded when asked about whether Ozil could depart Arsenal.
“It was a tactical decision because I thought the players today with us were for us the best for this match.”
“He is thinking of every player we have, 24, 25 players… it is for me the decision,” Emery added when pressed on the Ozil issue.
“I am thinking about the match on Saturday and not thinking about another situation. Every player is important, and one I decided would not play. Only a tactical decision.”
Ozil made a positive start to the 2018-19 campaign in the midst of contentions with the German FA and the aftermath from a grievous Russia 2018 outing for former World Cup champions which culminated in his retirement.
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