After being omitted from the squad that traveled to Belarus, Arsenal manager Unai Emery downplayed missing Mesut Ozil in the defeat to BATE Borisov in the UEFA Europa League.
Arsenal enjoyed huge spells of possession in the game but were let down by lack of creativity upfront as they only mustered five shots on target. The Gunners also had to finish the game a man down with Alexandre Lacazette being shown a straight red card after elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic. Arsenal have ample time to prepare for the second leg against BATE as they are not in action this weekend.
Emery was asked if he felt the absence of Ozil in the game after displaying a lack of creativity in the game, "Every player is OK to play. Today those that were here, we can win with them and we deserved that. Last week we won and we played with the same players. For me today there was no difference to the performance. We deserved to win but didn’t get the result. They were very organized defensively and they found the moment in the game. It’s Not for one player or another. We can win with every player and lose with the same players."