Unai Emery explains leaving out Mesut Ozil from squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt
Unai Emery explains leaving out Mesut Ozil from squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt
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Unai Emery explains leaving out Mesut Ozil from squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed he left out Mesut Ozil from the squad that is set to take on Eintracht Frankfurt because the midfielder needs a rest.

Ozil started for the first time this season in the 2-2 draw against Watford and was replaced by Reiss Nelson in the 71st minute. Another first-team player to be omitted from the squad was Sokratis Papastathopoulos who was at fault for Watford's first goal last weekend.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of the Frankfurt clash, Emery was asked to explain his squad selection, "We are playing now a lot of matches and I want to use different players. We can have some rotation in the first XI and the 19 players. Sokratis and Mesut, they rest for this match.

After retiring from Germany, Emery denied that the snub was to protect him from a stormy reception in the country but asked why he needs a rest despite not playing a full game, "I prefer after Sunday match to rest, to train, to be ready for Sunday.

"My decision is because he played. I am thinking also tomorrow, I decided the first XI and after who are the players who can be on the bench for tomorrow and the players who aren't. That's Sokratis and Mesut."

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