Emery refuses to comment on Ozil’s future at Arsenal
Mesut Ozil’s future is not cemented with the Gunners, as the Arsenal star could take advantage of the Champions League rule change. The rule dictates that a player can sign for a new club at the top level in the January transfer window.
Rules in the Champions League and Europa League changed last season allowing players who join a new club in January can play for their new club in Europe. Previously, had a player already played for one club in the group stages of either competition, they would be unable to represent their new outfit in the knockout stages of the same tournament that season.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery declined to comment on Mesut Ozil’s future at the Emirates Stadium after once again leaving the player out of his first-team plans.
“My focus is analysing this match and Saturday,” he responded when asked about whether Ozil could depart Arsenal.
“It was a tactical decision because I thought the players today with us were for us the best for this match.”
According to the boss, Ozil was present in the Emirates on Wednesday to see his team-mates go down to the club’s fiercest rivals.
Ozil was excluded from the Gunners’ matchday squad as they faced north London rivals Tottenham in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie. And, without Ozil Spurs ran out 2-o winners, Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli scoring for Pochettino’s team.
The former German international has made just two appearances for Arsenal in more than a month, including 20 minutes off the bench in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Southampton.
“He is thinking of every player we have, 24, 25 players… it is for me the decision,” Emery added when pressed on the Ozil issue.
“I am thinking about the match on Saturday and not thinking another situation. Every player is important, and one I decided would not play. Only a tactical decision.”
The Gunners next face Burnley on Saturday and are faced soon after with a clash against