Unai Emery explains Mesut Ozil absence for Arsenal at Liverpool FC

Unai Emery opens up about Mesut Ozil's absence during Arsenal's 5-1 loss to Liverpool FC

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Mesut Ozil
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil Photo: Puma

Unai Emery has confirmed that Mesut Ozil missed Arsenal’s thumping 5-1 loss to Liverpool FC on Saturday night due to a knee injury.

The German was not included in the matchday squad despite having been pictured in training in the days leading up to the clash at Anfield.

Arsenal ended up suffering a painful heavy defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield as the Merseyside outfit underlined their status as one of the main contenders for the title this season.

Ozil has struggled for both form and fitness this season and Emery has not been afraid to leave the playmaker out of the team altogether.

However, the new Arsenal boss has confirmed that Ozil missed Saturday’s game due to a knee problem and not for another reason.

Asked if Ozil was injured in his post-match news conference at Anfield, Emery replied: “Yes. [It is] his knee. I don’t know if it’s big or not big, but it’s his knee.”

Arsenal will now dust themselves down as they look to get back to winning ways in the top flight when they host Fulham at The Emirates on new year’s day.

The north London side are aiming to at least break back into the top four this season after having finished outside the Champions League qualification spots for the last two campaigns running.

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