Ian Wright criticises Arsenal boss Unai Emery over latest Mesut Ozil omission


Ian Wright has criticised Unai Emery’s handling of Mesut Ozil, suggesting that the Arsenal boss is trying to make a scapegoat out of the playmaker.

Ozil, 30, was again left out of the Gunners squad for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham despite having completed a full week’s training.

Emery insisted the decision was down to tactical reasons, stating: “The players here are better for the match today.”

But without Ozil even on the substitutes’ bench Arsenal put in a limp display at the London Stadium, losing to Declan Rice’s second-half strike.

Arsenal managed just two shots on target during the game and coupled with Chelsea’s win over Newcastle , Emery’s side are now six points adrift of the top four in the Premier League.

Once more, Ozil was absent

Speaking on Match of the Day on Saturday evening, Gunners legend Wright offered his take on the affair, insisting he could not understand Ozil’s latest omission.

“It’s really worrying, I know Unai Emery has had his problems with big players in the dressing room before and it seems like Ozil in this dressing room is the one he’s taking it out on.

Ian Wright can’t understand how Ozil isn’t even in the squad

“For Ozil not to be in the 18, whatever’s going on with him, I can’t get my head round that. I think he should be given the opportunity to play himself into form or out of form.

“We cannot afford to have arguably the highest paid player in Arsenal’s history not even in the 18.

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“After 60, 70 minutes, we didn’t create anything. I don’t think Arsenal are in a position where we can leave Mesut Ozil out of the 18.”

Arsenal are next in action against Chelsea at the Emirates on Saturday, January 19.

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