Unai Emery replies when asked about Mesut Ozil’s absence for Arsenal loss
Unai Emery was evasive when asked about Mesut Ozil's absence for Thursday night's Europa League clash
Unai Emery refused to answer a direct question about Mesut Ozil’s absence on Thursday night after Arsenal lost 1-0 to BATE Borisov.
The Gunners slumped to a surprise 1-0 defeat in Belarus to leave the north London side with work to do in the return leg at The Emirates next week.
Arsenal were reduced to 10 men in the second half following Alexandre Lacazette’s sending off to compound their misery.
Ozil wasn’t even named on the bench for the trip to eastern Europe to raise questions about his absence.
The 30-year-old posted a snap of Wednesday’s training session ahead of their trip to Belarus to suggest the World Cup winner was fit.
Asked about Ozil’s absence in his post-match media conference following Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to BATE Borisov, Emery said:
“But every player, first is that every work to be ok to play.
“The players that are here, we can win with these players and we deserved that. Last week for example, we won and we played with the same players.
“For me, the performance is no different. We deserved to win but football is like that.”
Ozil has missed 100 of Arsenal’s 314 games in all competitions since the German midfielder moved to the Gunners in a £42.5m deal from Real Madrid in 2013.
The former Real Madrid player has only made 17 appearances in his first season under Arsene Wenger’s successor to raise questions about his future.
Arsenal will have a week to prepare for their second leg against BATE Borisov at The Emirates.
Gunners manager Emery has won the competition on three previous occasions with Spanish side Sevilla.