Arsenal boss Unai Emery decided not to play Mesut Ozil in the big away matches.
Emery has made it clear Mesut Ozil isn’t in his long-term plans.
The Gunners are short of funds this January, and it appears Emery has looked at Ozil’s £350,000-a-week salary as something that can be cut from the wage bill.
On BBC 5 Live radio on Wednesday night, BBC reporter David Ornstein insisted, that Unai Emery has told Ozil to leave the club this January.
After the rumours, Emery had a press conference and spoken out on Ozil’s future.
“ He said to me he’s going to get married this year, at the end of the season. The private life is their life. I want big consistency with him. He had big injuries. These injuries, sometimes he’s ok, sometimes he’s not ok. I want [from] every player the same work every day, to be ok for every match. For him it’s the same, he didn’t play the last matches. He’s like another player. This Saturday can be if he’s ok, a possibility to be with us,” said Emery.
Emery also stated that he does not think about Ozil’s transfer speculations: “I am not thinking about that. I am thinking about how he can help us. He helps us sometimes this year with good performances and other moments with not good performances like another player. Other moments he has had injuries and has not been ok to play the matches. Now after these two weeks working with normality maybe this Saturday can be ok for us.”
“I like to create the same spirit for all. Every player gets and gives us consistent work at consistent moments. It’s not easy. Sometimes you are better. Sometimes you are worse. With every player, I am working and thinking about that the same. The most important for me is how he can help us with being consistent and also when they are ok to train every day and play matches,” Emery added.
However, John Cross, The Daily Mirror chief football writer suggested on beIN Sports, that he heard from sources that the Spaniard has decided not to play Ozil in the big away matches.
— Arsènic™ (@MrArsenicTM) January 18, 2019