Unai Emery’s gamble on Mesut Ozil backfires as uninspiring Arsenal falter against West Ham - football

Unai Emery’s gamble on Mesut Ozil backfires as uninspiring Arsenal falter against West Ham



Mesut Ozil hasn’t featured since Boxing Day (Picture: Getty)
Questioned before kick-off at to why Mesut Ozil was nowhere to be seen in Arsenal’s 18-man squad to play West Ham, Unai Emery could easily have resorted to a hackneyed list of excuses that we’ve grown accustomed to hearing since the German’s move to the Emirates.
Instead, the Spaniard made it clear that the 30-year-old was not even worthy of a place on Arsenal’s bench because ‘the players here are better for the match today.’
From a tactical perspective, Ozil’s questionable work-rate infuriates Emery and he feels the Gunners’ leaky defence can ill-afford such luxury in front of it, especially given their injury issues.
But make no mistake that a grander game is at play here. Ozil became the club’s highest earner ever when he signed a new deal in 2018 and he used Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United as leverage against the Gunners, who couldn’t be seen to lose their two prized assets in such a short space of time.
Arsenal are three points off fourth having played a game more than Chelsea (Picture: Gettty)
The system allows for two-deep lying midfielders and for wing-backs to get forward but it forces the Gunners to relinquish control, instead allowing their opposition to grow in confidence.
Emery would ideally like to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation, which would play into Ozil’s strengths but even then it’s unlikely that the Germa...
source: metro-arsenal
URL source: http://metro.co.uk/tag/arsenal-fc/

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