Unai Emery's Reasoning Behind Leaving Out Mesut Ozil For Europa League Match

Unai Emery continues to leave Mesut Ozil out of Arsenal’s games and the Spaniard was questioned about why the German was not named for the Europa League tie against BATE Borisov.

With the German midfielder pictured in training with other returning stars, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Granit Xhaka, he was expected to finally get a place in the starting XI.

Ozil has played only two games since Boxing Day and was left out of the past two Premier League fixtures against Huddersfield Town and Manchester City.

Emery told the press ahead of the trip to Belarus, “We are here with the players who I think are OK to play. The players not in the squad is because Ramsey has not trained with us, Sokratis has started to train but not enough, Mesut is the same. Aubameyang started Monday and I think he is OK for the match.”

Denis Suarez has made 2 substitute appearances for the Gunners since making a temporary switch from Barcelona last month. “I am thinking about the best performance for tomorrow,” Emery said. “I think his adaptation is good, but he needs time. He is OK to start, but he can also be on the bench. He needs to earn, little by little. To get minutes.”

From a fans perspective, it is completely okay to leave out one of the club’s stars due to injury concerns. However, Emery continues to not provide any direct answers regarding Ozil’s health or reasons behind leaving him out of match-day squads.

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