Ian Wright Labels Unai Emery’s Omission Of Mesut Ozil As “Worrying”

By The Editor
on 13th January 2019

Ian Wright doesn’t agree with Unai Emery’s decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of the squad…


Ian Wright lambasted Unai Emery’s decision to once again leave Mesut Ozil out of the matchday squad to face West Ham in our 1-0 defeat at the Olympic Stadium, BBC Sport reports.

Emery and Ozil have endured a rocky relationship this season with the German left out of many squads in the Premier League, all for different reasons.

It first began back in August when there were mass reports that the two had a bust-up in training before the visit of West Ham and Ozil found himself out of the squad.

Despite the lack of reports indicating that the 30-year-old was struggling to be fit, Emery claimed he was “sick” and couldn’t feature in the team.

Back problems and knee issues have since been given as excuses for his absence, but it seems Emery has since had enough of towing the party line.

After leaving him out of the squad to face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup last month, the head coach put it down to “tactical reasons” – and Ozil’s involvement in each match has been called in doubt since then.

So, after returning to full training this week following an apparent knee problem, many felt Ozil would be recalled to the squad to face West Ham – he wasn’t.

Given the number of injuries we have in our forward line, leaving the World Cup winner at home meant that our only attacking options on the bench consisted of Aaron Ramsey and 18-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah.

For Wrighty, he feels Emery’s actions towards Ozil may be due to a lingering experience from his time at Paris Saint-Germain.

“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,” Wrighty said on Match of the Day.

“For Ozil not to be in the (matchday squad of) 18, whatever’s going on with him, I can’t get my head around 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.”

Play power eventually ousted Emery from his job at PSG and it seems he’s entered the club and picked a fight with our biggest star to make a statement.

These scenarios historically result in two conclusions: Emery’s leaves or Ozil leaves.