Unai Emery Defends Very Questionable Decision to Bench Mesut Ozil


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After the first two losses of the season, Arsenal went on a hot streak and many supporters of the club were overjoyed with new manager Unai Emery. Once the undefeated run ended, the Gunners came back to Earth a bit and most of the club’s fans adopted more realistic, nuanced expectations for the season.

Now, after a shocking 1-0 loss at West Ham United, plenty of supporters are expressing their discontent on social media with Unai Emery and his decision-making. A backlash against the Gunners boss is starting to grow for many reasons, most notably his questionable decision to bench a fully fit Mesut Ozil.

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Ozil, the team’s highest paid player by a considerable amount, wasn’t just benched- he didn’t even make the match day squad. This came after a full week of training with the first team. Emery’s reasons for omitting Ozil have changed as the season has gone along, and none of them have been very specific or detailed.

Saturday’s media session conformed to this pattern.

“I decided the idea of the players that I think are the best for this match,” Emery responded when pressed on the omission of Ozil.

“We win with him, we lose with him. I think it is not one player (which means) we can’t win or lose. Today the players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match. We could’ve won or lost.

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

Once again Emery didn’t offer much of an explanation for a decision which was quite questionable and drew the ire of Gunners supporters online. Here is just a sample of some of the tweets:

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  1. it takes a crazy manager to leave out Ozil..without him the team lacks creactivity ..no fluidity ..nothing is happening ..im realy frustrated about the managers choices..better players like Ramsey are leaving the team ..

  2. Abdullahi ishaq hussain says

    Absolute stupidity unai think ozil will treat him the way neymar did, but can’t emry think that human behaviours are different, why can’t he test ozil and see how he behave before he took this harsh desicion on him

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