Unai Emery On Benching Mesut Ozil: Others Deserved To Play

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Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi returned from injury for Arsenal but there was no place in Unai Emery's squad for Mesut Ozil. If we can win today we are playing against Chelsea with a three-point maximum distance.

The result means Manchester United could move level with the Gunners in the Premier League table, should they collect all three points against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.

Declan Rice scored the only goal of the game at the London Stadium, meaning Emery's side are without an away league win since November. "In the position he's in, at the age of 19, he's going to be 20 tomorrow, I don't think there's much people better than him in that defensive, holding position".

Mundo Deportivo reports that Suarez is keen on a move in order to reunite with his former boss Unai Emery, whose relationship with the 25-year-old is said to be a significant factor in Arsenal's attempt to lure the Spaniard over to the Emirates. 'Now it's more hard, it's clear. They send little messages to us supporters and everybody who is watching that they have to work out.

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The 29-year-old started the Hammers' 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday but was substituted in the second half - and appeared to wave goodbye to the fans. "We need to do more to be more competitive and to impose our ideas and our quality".

But Emery did not mention any injury issue when asked to explain why Ozil was left out. "It's one decision, when is coming one player or not coming".

Declan Rice made headlines yesterday when he scored the victor for West Ham in their derby against Arsenal, putting the icing on an accomplished midfield display. "[N'Golo] Kante and Claude Makelele, those types of players, up there, are what he reminds me of because he completely breaks things up and gets the team ticking".

"He is improving in every game he plays, he is now more used to giving us a good build-up in front".

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